Starring: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Lina Keller
Directed By: Chad Hartigan
Plot: Morris (Christmas) is a young America boy who just moved to Germany with his father (Robinson). Morris is an aspiring rapper, and struggles to fit in amidst all the German techno music. But inside all the techno is a girl. There’s always a girl (Keller).
What Works: I love watching films that feel wholly original. I love it when I watch a film from a director who seems like he has something to say, and even more so when I realize that I absolutely HATED that last directors film. I was NOT a fan of This Is Martin Bonner, but I’m a huge fan of Morris From America. It’s a little indie surprise that definitely should be seen by more audiences. Christmas is fantastic as Morris. He’s a young talent I really hope to see more of in the future. The bigger surprise is how good Craig Robinson is. I’m surprised. He actually brings a lot of depth to his role, and is really believable as a concerned parent.
What Doesn’t Work: I wasn’t a fan of Carla Juri’s acting. She seemed a little lightweight to me. It’s not a good sign when you’re in a project with kids, and they’re outacting you.
Final Word: A breath of fresh air. It’s a great film with a unique perspective, and two fantastic performances. If you’re tired of seeing robots and aliens blowing up things, you’ll love this.
Final Grade: A