Chevalier: The BRWC Review

chevalier: The BRWC Review

Chevalier: The BRWC Review By Richard Schertzer.

I’m calling it: The Best Picture of the year

I just came back from the theaters and I got the opportunity to see the latest film about a notable black, historical figure named Chevalier. He is the son of an African Slave during the French Revolution and then rose to prominence as a formidable violinist and fencer. However, all is not full of happiness and splendor in paradise as the systemic racism, miscegenation and French Revolution troubles attempt to destroy everything that he has worked so hard to achieve.



Very few actors are able to conjure up a career-changing performance that has audiences mesmerized, but Kelvin Harrison Jr. as the titular role is the whole package and captivates audiences with his sheer magnetic virtuosity with the subtlest of ease. Whenever he comes onto the screen, it’s impossible to not put all of your focus on the actor.

The film has an essence about it that rivals that of other incredible films like 12 Years A Slave and Amistad. What is so amazing about all three of these films is that they bring to light such obscure figures that would not have been known by the general public today and audiences are forever grateful for it.

Admittedly, the film seems to tone down the true hate and bigotry that went about during that time in the Revolution, but it’s certainly worth it seeing Harrison deliver what could be an Oscar-worthy performance of great expectations and proportions.

Chevalier takes up the mantle of being such an audacious film that the audience melts into the narrative of the story and we never look back. It’s like taking a Delorean back into the past and seeing the pain and anguish behind this black man’s plight in a white world that, despite everything he did and how talented he became, was not accepted into their high-class life of privilege and power.

The film has such an elegance to it that it becomes impossible for one person to pass up and it is easily a frontrunner for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The story is as passionate as the main character’s work behind a violin and never shakes or wavers.


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