SUMMER OF SOUL …Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised
On screens locally and streaming on Hulu
There was a time when “I was there” referred to being one of the 400,000 at the four days of rain, mud, music and mayhem that was known as Woodstock. The event has been revered as the turning point for rock and roll … the moment the “counterculture” found its stride.
Movie “franchises” are intriguing. Think Godfather or Terminator or the paragon, Star Wars. Once the gauntlet is thrown and viewers have become hooked on the characters, the challenges, the risks and the inevitable triumphs, filmmakers have to contend with the ultimate crowd-killer “I liked the first one better!”
It only seems fair that one of the first forays into in-theater film viewing in a post-pandemic summer should be a “feel good” film about real people who do everyday (read “dull”) jobs and end up getting hit with “the lucky stick.”