The Criterion Challenge 2022: Round 2
Undeniably powerful and moving, Daniel Petrie's adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun encapsulates the tension of Black-American life, with woes ranging from financial to social. A spectacular cast, including one of the greatest actors to ever live, a perfectly-adapted screenplay by Hansberry herself, and direction which visually translates performances, themes, and atmosphere superbly. Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil, and Diana Sands are all phenomenal – each act their asses off, delivering every single monologue and conveying every single emotion flawlessly, of which there are a whole lot of both.
One of the few times Hollywood optimism doesn't feel tired, but rather earned.