There’s no reason in 2021 for a film to look and sound this bad. Sure, it was shot on Super 8, which must have been an artistic choice, but if you can’t focus a camera and record audio that can be understood, what’s the point?
The acting in Don't Play Us Cheap is community theater and Oscar worthy. The set design is cheap and magical. The songs are cliché and brilliant. The camerawork is clumsy and extraordinary. The dialogue is banal and poignant. One moment I was cringing in disbelief and the next I was transported to cinematic heaven. There is more honesty in one minute of Don't Play Us Cheap than there is in the whole 129 minutes of La La Land. The lyrics…