The coming-of-age movie is a tired and true staple of independent film, but every once in awhile a movie comes along to shatter genre conventions and make you experience something familiar in a brand new way. Justin Tipping’s directorial debut “Kicks” is one of those movies.
One of the best films to come out of the Tribeca Film Festival this year, “Kicks” stars the breakout Jahking Guillory as Brandon, a bullied 15-year-old street kid who dreams about a fresh pair of sneakers. Working hard to get them, his kicks are soon stolen, prompting Brandon on a coming-of-age odyssey to get them back.
In his positive review out of Tribeca, IndieWire Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn praised Guillory as a major discovery. As for Tipping’s filmmaking: “He constructs a lyrical atmosphere that suggests Terrence Malick for the hip-hop set, with cinematographer Michael Ragen’s roaming camera capturing its young lead as he wanders about the neighborhood streets, while addressing the audience in a plaintive voiceover.”
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