Lovers Rock

Lovers Rock ★★★★

McQueen’s Lovers Rock is Noe’s Climax if it wasn’t culturally bankrupt and devoid any compassion or love for its characters. Like Climax, it takes place largely in a single location, on a single night, and features captivating sequence of dance, conflict, and exhalation, but unlike Noe’s feel-bad stress test, McQueen’s film is a tribute that embraces hope for love, emotion, and catharsis. Wonderfully textural in its ochre-coloured room-turned-dancehall, Lovers Rock is a triumph and may offer 2020’s single best sequence, a prolonged singalong to Janet Kay’s “Silly Games.”