#blackAF Review: When Kenya Barris goes #unoriginal

#blackAF Review: When Kenya Barris goes #unoriginal

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Format: Web Series
Platform: Netflix
Movie Rated: 18+ (Language, Substance)
Genre: Comedy, Sitcom

What is the story about? 
Well, this is about taking a sneak peek into the life of Kenya Barris’s life. He is one of the biggest producer's, currently running five shows namely ‘Black-ish’, ‘Grown-ish’, ‘Mix-ish’ and now venturing out with the very first series on Netflix. The scene opens with Drea (Iman Benson) shooting her family, for an NYU film school project, and the impression she has about her dad is simply annoying. She thinks that her dad has so much money that he doesn’t exactly need it! But Kenya Barris is far from that small thinking. He takes every instance he touches upon onto slavery, and how the blacks slogged to make it to where they are today. 

Performances 
The performances feel very fluid, as every line is improvised, and has been delivered with a Rustic edge. Kenya Barris isn’t exactly Kenya Barris here, his persona is tweaked slightly for sheer entertainment purposes, but he certainly puts up a good show. His wife’s Jo’s (Rashida Jones) double standards are cleverly portrayed and ambushed at the right moments, making it for an entertaining piece for the viewers. 
 

Analysis 
It is interesting to note how producers themselves can heighten the glory of their own show. In spite of adding the required tweaks, the show has turned out rather well and has an added advantage of great entertainment value, and great morals that are imparted with a mix of comedy. I have loved the part when Barris’s oldest daughter Chloe (Genneya Walton) appears on his screen, with her hair dyed purple, and he shows his dislike, adding, this isn’t how we raise our kids! But also what’s sightly inappropriate, is that he blames ‘Jo’ for being the bad mother. What is also annoying is he delves into the Black history for the most nonsensical things. He does display a very strong MCP attitude, that doesn’t exactly go down well with me. 
 

Music and other departments 
The production is flawless. I liked how they’ve fashion Kenya Barris in his luxury sweat couture. Also, they’ve managed to procure an impressive line-up of all those outstanding sweatshirts and tracks. The sets are outstanding. The in-house décor is simply like a dream come true. The daylight streaming is fantastic and heightens the glory of the sets. 
 

Highlights 
The quirky manner, in which each dialogue is delivered, can really have one burst into peals of laughter. There is a certain chemistry between Kenya Barris and Jo that cannot get missed. The unity between the members of cast and crew is evident and everything seems like in perfect sync. 
 

Drawbacks 
There is way too much of going into black history. sometimes this historical dip comes out of no-where and can prove to be very frustrating indeed. 
 

Did I enjoy it? 
Well, yes, the show had its own share of patchy revelations to deal with, but not bad! 
 

Do I recommend it and why? 
Stream the series for the sheer candid act that has been put up. The entire ensemble has put up a reasonably good show. 
 

 


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