Bruiser (2022). Bruiser: Directed by Miles Warren. With Jalyn Hall, Trevante Rhodes, Shamier Anderson, Shinelle Azoroh. A 14-year-old boy turns to a charismatic loner for help after being beaten up, in director Miles Warren's searing feature debut about fathers, families, and the effects of fighting.
“As a long-time reviewer here, I am always fascinated by films where the user ratings donu0026#39;t quite match the criticsu0026#39; score. BRUISER is one such movie. Viewers see a fairly slow-moving drama involving a young black man who is given two entirely different strategies for responding to bullying, by two entirely different adult influencers in his life. And they respond to that, and that alone. The pro reviewers, on the other hand, are less interested in this specific film experience as such, but much more interested in the fact that this is the debut project for director Miles Warren (from his own story). The irony is that this u0026quot;dualityu0026quot; mirrors the paradox in the film itself. One movie. Two ways to look at it. One young man in trouble. Two ways to respond. In fairness to the professional critics, Warrenu0026#39;s first feature is deliberately intended to be slow-moving and filled with nuance. That is u0026quot;a feature, not a bug.u0026quot; And the pros are not wrong. This is the kind of promising early work that leads to better things down the road. ((Designated u0026quot;IMDb Top Reviewer.u0026quot; Please check out my list u0026quot;167+ Nearly-Perfect Movies (with the occasional Anime or TV miniseries) you can/should see again and again (1932 to the present))”