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Film Review - Origin


“Origin” is a giant swing from writer/director Ava DuVernay, who hasn’t made a big screen offering since the financial and creative failure of “A Wrinkle in Time,” a production meant to bring the helmer to the big leagues of event moviemaking. DuVernay is back with a much smaller film about an expansive topic, adapting the 2020 best-seller, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” which takes a hard look at the source of prejudice as people experience it in several parts of the world and different moments in time. It’s 496 pages of journalism transformed into a 140-minute-long feature, and DuVernay doesn’t always appear to have a game plan for the endeavor. She uses a scattergun approach to “Origin,” which wants to say so much about the state of emergency numerous societies are experiencing, but DuVernay is overwhelmed by the task. It’s obviously an ambitious picture with important ideas to share, but it doesn’t take long to realize that reading “Caste” is likely more rewarding then sitting through this cluttered effort. Read the rest at


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