Seberg; Grade: C+
Updated: Apr 26, 2020
Seberg tells a story of famous actress Jean Seberg (Kristen Stewart) whom supported the Black Panther and Civil Rights movement, causing a bit outrage among people in the U.S. Jean becomes emotionally invested in Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie) trying to do what she can to support the cause, while also having a slight affair with him as well. The FBI figured Jean is an easy target to get information out of, so they bugged her house, phones, and continually stalk her. Witness a rather nerve wrecking drama of a well known famous person, coming out of her comfort zone to do something good for her power, but unfortunately had to pay a price.
The Cinematography was fine, doesn't really capture the essence of the 60's, but here and there nice shots every now and then. The Score was fine as well. The cast all in all was solid. Kristen Stewart playing Jean Seberg had a solid performance. One might say this character lost some interest near the second half, but for me I felt this character was well liked and honestly I cared for this character. I mean she naturally wanted to help a worthy cause for the goodness out of her heart, rather than just doing a typical stunt. I honestly felt disturbed watching the FBI just harass this woman, just because she was partaking in helping this movement. Now sure what she did was wrong in the affair state, but afterwards... When is enough ya know... Enough?! No wonder why this character ended up where she was in the end: Losing your family, now losing your mind?! It's sickening. Anthony Mackie playing Hakim Jamal had a fine performance, would've not liked him disappearing out of nowhere in the second act, but for the time being it was an interesting character. Surprising supporting performances out of Vince Vaughn, Zazie Beetz, and Jack O'Connell as well.
I felt the first act started out strong and finishes on a high note in the third act. The main problem I have with this film is it's second act, after the whole Seberg affair went down... It suddenly takes a turn, without much explanation of what happened with the panthers, the civil rights movement, it just took an unexpected turn as if it just suddenly forgotten about it and moved on to the next thing. I also want to point out a very over the top scene, involving a boss yelling at his employee involving a curse word and a carpet... It was flat out hilarious, but man was it was ever not needed in that particular moment I got to tell ya. Before going into this film all I hope was to get something average out of my experience, as I thankfully did. The storyline itself gets away in the second act, but for the most part kept me interested, engaged in our lead character, as even I cared about her well being. Definitely an important story to tell, as well as a nice message of risking your life for the common good. Of course being set as far as career and financially is important, but if you could make a difference and lend a helping hand for people less fortunate in your favor, it will certainly bring the change much needed in due time. Jean maybe flawed, but at least she tried to make a difference as she got away from the hypocrisy of where she got her name.
Overall, Seberg is a perfectly average film. I recommend this film as a rental, it's a fine watch on the telly. -Mitch Smietana