Tangerine online movie review - Believe the hype, Tangerine is raw, creative, and presents a new voice for modern cinema
Society is changing fast, yet its not changing at the same time. Depending on where you are, you might be following politics, news, and stories going around the web.
You may notice things changing like the LGBT community becoming more accepted. Some places stay the same however and that is certainly true in Sean Bakers new film Tangerine.
What do I mean by all of what I just said? Well; the story in Tangerine is about two transgender sex workers, Sin-Dee and Alexandra. Sin-Dee has just been released from jail and finds out from Alexandra that Chester's been cheating on her. What happens throughout is a crazy, wild, and adventurous night in LA.
The big buzz about about Tangerine that you may have heard of is the way the film was shot, using Iphone 5s. So surprisingly; it is shot superbly! I'm not even exaggerating, the colors pop out and give the setting of LA personality and context. LA as we all know is corrupt and artificial; non-friendly people and people hustling to survive. LA is a flawed place; and this movie presents that and shows the characters flaws too. The acting is absolutely terrific. The movie doesn't treat the main leads as saints because of their sexuality; instead he does the opposite. Baker paints them as flawed individuals, in other words, he paints them as realistically human. The actors portray their characters as crazy; humorous; and to be honest a little stereotypical which isn't a flaw when you look at the film. When it gets to the third act however; the actors are great at showing their emotional and sensitive sides.
The story's sub plot involves an Armenian cab driver who in my opinion is the most unlikable character.... but that doesn't mean I wasn't engaged in his story. Oh; and the sub plot does connect to the actual story in the climax and its flipping amazing.
The themes of Tangerine are how transgendered women aren't considered or appreciated as actual women. Characters like Chester; Sin-Dee's boyfriend; use Sin-Dee and doesn't care about her the way Sin-Dee wants him too. Another thing I love about Tangerine is the way they give every character; even ones we only see for one scene; so much character and personality. Whether its the cops or the person who runs this place in a motel room where people have sex (I can't really explain it you'll just have to watch the film to find out) and even Dinah the woman who Chester cheats with. Its those small moments where these characters talk about; well; whatever; that gives the movie more personality and the theme that everybody is still human and have different sides to them other than their flaws. Like I said in the beginning; some things don't always change in every part of the world. LA is still corrupt with crime; excess; and prostitution and homosexuality is still ridiculed by some people. I also have to point out that the film boasts characters with different race and backgrounds.
Another small thing I would like to mention is the music. Wow; the music is just fantastic. It's available on Spotify so just check it out for yourself after watching the movie.
Some issues I have with this movie are the scenes were the Armenian cab driver is just driving random people around; I like how they show different people in LA but I wish they had more screen time to truly justify their reasoning for being in the movie otherwise they bog down the pacing a little bit. Another issue is I wish we got to know more about Sin-Dee as a character like we know a little bit about her insecurities and longing through the subtle acting but how come there are characters who we see for only one scene get moments were they just talk about whatever is going on in their head.
My expectations for Tangerine were definitely met and I dug this movie a lot. I got the soundtrack and I recommended this movie to friends. Overall; I had a blast with this movie as it might be my new Christmas classic.