allain’s review published on Letterboxd:
Now that’s how you throw a party. Lovers Rock is the second installment to a five-film series in the Small Axe anthology, that depicts the events one night at a 1980s West London house party, where everything happened, from chaos, budding relationships, music, and everything in between. The film is a mixture of an underground rave and a blues party in the ‘80s, where partygoers went in to experience the lovers rock music to just sing, dance, and vibe into.
First of all, the music was incredibly catchy and captivating, making me lose control and dance along with the characters on-screen. The film also displayed how the blues parties of the ‘80s operate, especially to the unfamiliar ones like me, and it definitely showed the camaraderie in the Black community, especially since class and racial issues are still rampant at this time. The topics of racial discrimination and sexual harassment were highlighted multiple times throughout the film, as the lead characters experience what it’s like to be a black woman in the 1980s, and spoiler alert: it’s not good. The cinematography is top notch, which is also partnered with an appropriate production and costume design, and the ending was heartwarming. There are times where I felt like I don’t know what the hell is going on, but maybe I just forgot what it feels like to be in a party myself. Overall, this film showed the power of music and its ability to provide togetherness, escapism, and euphoria, even in our darkest times.