Old-Hollywood throwback with a twist

By | December 19, 2020
Old-Hollywood throwback with a twist

Outdated-Hollywood throwback with a twist

Working time: 114 min. Rated PG-13 (smoking, sexual content material).

Tessa Thompson radiates retro glamour in “Sylvie’s Love,” an old-Hollywood throwback with a contemporary twist: its predominantly black solid.

Author/director Eugene Ashe (“Homecoming”) units this romance within the New York of the Fifties and ’60s, with a Technicolor sheen to match and a wonderful outfit on Thompson in each scene. It’ll make wonderful vacation viewing, particularly in the event you’ve bored with this 12 months’s deluge of flicks with Christmas within the title. 

Thompson’s whip-smart Sylvie is working the counter at her dad’s (Lance Reddick) document store, when in wanders aspiring jazz saxophonist Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha). Smitten together with her, he talks his manner right into a job. In between shelving information, Sylvie faculties him in her encyclopedic tv data, he invitations her out to see him play, and sparks fly.

Tessa Thompson brings the glam to "Sylvie's Love."
Tessa Thompson brings the glam to “Sylvie’s Love.”
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However Sylvie’s engaged to a different man, abroad within the Korean Conflict, and Robert’s quickly headed to Paris along with his band — so the pair is separated regardless of their glowing infatuation. Ashe traces their respective, bold paths as they weave farther away, after which nearer, lingering on the starry moments when the 2 set eyes on one another once more.

From luxurious midcentury fashions to jewel-toned units to a Motown rating, “Sylvie’s Love” is a beautiful, if light-weight, escape. Thompson and Asomugha have a banter-y chemistry, with Aja Naomi King (“Methods to Get Away With Homicide”) a full of life sidekick as Sylvie’s politically energetic cousin (the movie nods solely glancingly on the weighty civil rights struggles of the period). Eva Longoria, as a nightclub crooner, and Jemima Kirke as a deep-pocketed band supervisor, spherical out the solid.  

With one slight wobble towards the conclusion, Ashe’s screenplay is terrific at letting its characters converse and act actually: His dialogue is heartfelt and reasonable. “Sylvie’s” is a love letter to the delights of a well-told love story. 

Aja Naomi King also stars in "Sylvie's Love."
Aja Naomi King additionally stars in “Sylvie’s Love.”
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