This “appropriately elegant” movie explores the life and profession of the late Sidney Poitier, mentioned Alistair Harkness in The Scotsman. Directed by Reginald Hudlin, it options contributions from the likes of Denzel Washington and Spike Lee, in addition to interviews with the nice man himself (it was made simply earlier than his demise earlier this yr).
The latter present “fascinating” insights into how Poitier’s upbringing within the Bahamas gave him “the fortitude to change into not simply the primary black main man in Hollywood historical past, however one in every of the movie business’s high box-office attracts”.
Sidney just isn’t solely a reminder of Poitier’s immense charisma – palpable in movies reminiscent of In the Warmth of the Evening and To Sir, with Love – however of his immense contribution to civil rights and the development of black actors, mentioned Matthew Bond in The Mail on Sunday. It’ll go away you “determined to revisit at the very least half-a-dozen of his finest movies”.
“Painstakingly thorough” although this documentary is, mentioned Jeannette Catsoulis in The New York Instances, it’s fairly “a compendium of hero worship”. The movie was produced by Poitier’s good friend Oprah Winfrey, and it feels a bit “peak Oprah Winfrey”. Nonetheless, there are moments the place it shrugs off its “hagiographic shackles”, reminiscent of when Poitier’s first spouse discusses the breakdown of their marriage following his affair with Diahann Carroll.
These scenes “act like lemon juice squirted on heavy cream, temporary reagents in a film that, regardless of the meticulousness of its making, appears a peculiarly orthodox tribute to a revolutionary life”.