THE FILM REVIEW THE DANCE OF THE CRICKETS
THE DANCE OF THE CRICKETS
Reviewed for Shockya.com & BigAppleReviews.net related to Rotten Tomatoes by: Harvey Karten
Director: Veronica Robledo
Writer: Veronica Robledo adapted from Deborah Robillard’s novel
Actors: Angie Lawrence, Maurice Johnson, David Kincaid, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Bill Oberst Jr., William Mark McCullough
Screened at: Critics Link, NYC, 11/10/21
Opening: October 29, 2021
If Ancestry.com did an informant for an hour and a half instead of a minute or two between short commercials, he could just buy the rights to “The Crickets Dance” and show the movie, maybe late on a Saturday night. . Without even mentioning the name of the movie directed by Veronica Robledo or the book by Deborah Robillard, the company would make it clear to a potential base that your life can change if only you knew more about your great-grandparents, going back as far as the least 1847. A knowledge of ancestry impacts the lives of two people who are now lawyers in Savannah, Georgia, who may never have been more than colleagues in a law firm. lawyers sharing the same office, rather than people who get to know each other and share what they hope will be the rest of their lives together.
All Ancestry.com business begins with a cheaper purchase. After Angie Lawrence (Kristen Renton) inherits a pre-war estate in Savannah, Georgia from her aunt and best friend Claudia Wainwright (Sandra Ellis Lafferty), she discovers a journal in the attic that is 150 years old. . Since the contents of the house belong to another niece of the deceased, Angie buys the book for ten dollars from the Philistine who thinks he has made a good deal for a volume of dusting. As the diary deals with events that took place from 1847 to 1863, Angie, who at one point had a negative outlook typical of South African Americans, reads about the brutalities inflicted at the hands of the field by Jackson McGrath ( William Mark McCullough) and his supervisor David Kincaid (Bill Oberst Jr.). Additionally, the vicious Jackson inflicted physical damage on his wife, who, while white, appears to have been sold (sort of) to the man. The actions described in the diary intimately transcribed into a film, a film although sometimes saccharine, in particular the growing intimacy between Angie and Andrew Ruben McGrath (Maurice Johnson), the black man with whom she shares an office. (Aside: Maurice Johnson is so muscular he could probably take on Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime and John Cena. Together.)
Moving from today’s savannah to some of the bad old days of the 19th century, Veronica Robledo, starting out in the director’s chair, is evidently determined to focus on the lives of women, who they inhabit possessions of power like her younger lawyer Angie or as Emmaline McGrath (KateLynn E. Newberry), who has to take a lot of bullshit from her evil husband Jackson McGrath (William Mark McCullough). She finally triumphs against the louse and against the vicious overseer who acts as her satanic double. At the same time, she gets a view of Ophelia McGrath (Jamie Butler), who, despite being a powerless slave, bravely takes the place of a man she loves, letting herself be whipped in her place.
When Angie discovers that her fellow lawyer Andrew is a descendant of the Mansion, her happy coincidence exploits the saying that every human being is no more than six degrees apart from any other human being. Their common bond will result in their repeating, more or less, of the romantic actions of their ancestors, history proving itself once again.
Donald Trump, after criticizing the Academy for awarding a Korean drama to the best picture (numbers), he hinted that his favorite film was “Gone with the Wind”, filled with song and dance and happy slaves. Although GWTW is considered a classic, his actions are no closer to the truth about what happened on the southern plantations than Trump is close to the truth about everything he says. He would hate “The Crickets Dance”, given his condemnation of white slave owners, which is why you’ll probably like the movie. It features a South that has some repairs to make, but that focuses on the marriage of a black man and a white woman with an audience of guests who smile and applaud their union. “The Crickets Dance” gives us hope.
92 minutes. © 2021 by Harvey Karten, member, New York Film Critics Online
History – B +
Acting – B +
Technical – A-
Overall – B +