New Sundance darling Dope trailer is, well, dope. The trailer is highly stylized and an feels more like a work of art than a movie preview. Focusing more on blending 90’s style images with glimpses of clips from the film set to some awesome music (Tribe Called Quest is one of my favorites), the only negative is that we don’t much in the war of story or narrative. The good news is this is strictly a teaser trailer and is not meant to provide any narrative but simply a tool to hook the audience and garner buzz for the film, before releasing the next trailer. Some people might be left scratching their heads with this teaser, but if taken in context it seems to work really well. below is a brief synopsis of the film that might bring some of the images into perspective, but again watch the trailer and take it for what it is. If your a 90’s kid like me, then I have a feeling you’ll enjoy it.
A coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation. Malcolm is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA filled gangsters and drugs dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. His dream is to attend Harvard. A chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into a, only in Los Angeles, gritty adventure filled with offbeat characters and bad choices. If Malcolm can persevere, he’ll go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.
Excerpt from IMDB
Dope is executively produced by Forest Whitaker and stars Shameik Moore as Malcolm, Tony Revolori (Grand Budapest Hotel) as Jib, and Zoe Kravitz (Divergent) as Nakia. Catch it in theaters this June.