Review of Brotherly Love

Review of Brotherly Love

After hearing all of the hype about Brotherly Love being on Netflix, I decided there was no better way to end my lovely Saturday night then to watch it and see what all the hype was about. And I must say that the movie didn’t deserve any hype what so ever.

I don’t want to give away any details in case no one saw it, but I suggest not wasting your time watching that film. The film was about a young African American family living in the hood where the older brother becomes a gangster to provide for his family after their father died. Even with the cliché story line, I decided to give it a try (can’t judge a book by its cover).

One of the major problems I had with this film was the writing. It sounded so scripted and rehearsed. Even when some characters interrupted each other, it was too planned out, which didn’t leave much room for improvisation. It didn’t have that natural flow of dialogue, so I wasn’t intrigued by most of the conversations between the characters. I was annoyed with the script 10 minutes into the film. The director tried to use the word, “jawn,” too many times since he set the film in the streets of Philly. It was too much at certain points. 

Another problem with the film was the set design in certain scenes, like the school dance being in the gymnasium. It was supposed to be a school dance, but there were like 30 kids dancing. It look empty like it needed at least 40 more people to make the audience believe it was a dance, especially when Keke Palmer and Quincy Brown were dancing by themselves in the gym. Why were they the only people dancing if it was supposed to be for everyone at the school? Since when are there only two people at a dance… never exactly. I know it’s possible to set a school gymnasium to look like a school dance because plenty of other films have done it, so it’s not impossible. The production needed to spend more time on that.

Lastly, the horrible acting of Quincy Brown must be discussed. Who put him in this film? It clearly was for his name to get the movie more publicity, but he should have been an extra honestly. The voice he was using in the movie sounded weird and unnatural like he was trying too hard to be some hardcore gangster. Part of the reason why his acting was so bad was because of the script. However that voice he was using had to go! I spent more time thinking about why he sounds like that rather than paying attention to exactly what he was saying.

From watching this movie, I learned that a script can honestly make or break a film. Don’t get me wrong the concept and the storyline was great and the film had great potential, but the script is what really made the movie becomes bad. A lot of people have disagreed with me about the film and what I hear most is, “The storyline and concept is so good and I love how the film ended.”

That’s all true, but did no one hear the dialogue, how the actors interacted with each other? No. Everyone is so caught up in the story line no one realizes that script needed a lot of work, which is why it wasn’t good.

Key to Film Success: Have a good script.


Mazi K