The Long Goodbye: Review

The Long Goodbye: Review

The world has not yet reached Riz Ahmed fatigue; it is understandable.  His eclectic talent seems boundless as is proven by the acclaim he has received for his acting and skills behind the mic.  The Long Goodbye adds yet another skill to his resume—writer.  The Long Goodbye is a short co-written by Ahmed and director Aneil Karia. 

Though it clocks in at a little over ten minutes, The Long Goodbye is a vehicle combining all of Ahmed’s talents—acting, screenwriting, and lyrical prowess. 

The Long Goodbye opens with a vibrant family scene inside a crammed flat.  Ahmed teaches a younger sibling dance moves while other family members relax and play games on their phones, discuss an upcoming wedding, and complain about not being able to follow the news on the television due to the clamor inside the flat.  We are taken into a beautifully complex world wherein Urdu and English mingle. 



Things take a quick turn when government forces show up to Ahmed’s neighborhood and begin rounding up those deemed to be foreigners. 

The Long Goodbye is far from being subtle in its messaging; but that is more than understandable given the real-world treatment of immigrants and the anti-Muslim policies enacted by Western nations—the US under Trump being a prime example.  The entire piece gains poignancy and a type of transcendence when Ahmed offers his lyrics. 

The Long Goodbye is a small taste of Ahmed’s talents, but one that brings them together for political impact.  Every line in his lyrical flow is worth more than the hate and empty rhetoric emanating from the mouths of Western politicians.

      


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A Cuban-American obsessed with documentaries and anything by Kubrick, Haneke, Breillat, or McQueen. If he is not watching films in his hometown of Miami, he is likely travelling somewhere in Asia enjoying okonomiyaki or pho.

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