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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 2 out of 4 Paws

The Book of Clarence

TriStar Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Legendary Entertainment, Legendary Studios, Luca Severi Production Group and Sony Pictures Entertainment present a PG-13, 136-minute, Adventure, Drama, Comedy, directed and written by Jeymes Samuel with a Theater release of January 12, 2024.

The story follows Clarence (LaKeith Stanfield) a down on his luck, in debt to a criminal (David Oyelowo), black man in love with the criminal’s sister (Anna Diop). His side-kick (Michael Ward) is always by his side to support Clarence no matter what trouble or scheme he decides to concoct along his journey to find knowledge.   Even though Clarence does not believe in the Messiah (Nicholas Pinnock) he knows that the people of Jerusalem do so he decides in order to make money to pay his debt he himself will become a Messiah by playing tricks on people with the help of his close friends (Omar Sy and Caleb McLaughlin).

But something started to change with Clarence as he began to find that he can become a better person and what started with dishonesty and blasphemy started to turn into truth and integrity. He was not a Messiah but his beliefs did start to change about a true God that does exist and does not perform tricks but rather miracles.

I could not find comedy in this story but I could see the attempts at making things funny but honestly the writer totally missed the mark. Even at the end when Benedict Cumberbatch is hung from a cross as a misrepresentation of a white Jesus, I found nothing funny in the scene. Filmed with a mostly black cast except for the white Roman soldiers I thought a portion of the film leaned towards racism. The director has a lot going on with some bad edits and some song and dance that was an odd edition, I felt they tried so hard to add humor that the film was confusing in the way that it is far from a comedy but more of a drama with a bit of blasphemy laced throughout the story. As a white male that grew up Roman Catholic but moved away from the church for my own reasons, I found some of the scenes offensive and mis-leading in what the director depicts of the crucifixion of Christ.

On a higher note, the cinematography was great as was much of the score and even though they had a good cast some just did not bring their game. With the big exception being Stanfield who I thought was amazing from start to especially the end. His acting showed diversity and commitment to playing the dramatic portions of the film to superb. Even though I had some difficulties with the story I did find some of the writing and words of finding knowledge and belief really hit home for me personally. There are some horses and farm animals in the movie along with a rat but nothing to speak harsh about with their depiction in the story.

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