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Barry: A blast from the past

posted Feb 6, 2017, 8:46 AM by Leah Reep   [ updated Feb 6, 2017, 8:51 AM ]

Recently, as all of us know, we gained our new forty-fifth president, but what about our recent one? Barack Obama was known for serving us as president for two terms and being the first African-American president of the United States. He was born in Hawaii, but his white mother was from Kansas and his black father from Kenya. Being mixed did not always benefit him when he was younger.

The movie “Barry” was made as a Netflix original and was released December 16. It is based on President Obama’s days as a college student. Barry arrives in New York City in 1981 to finish his junior year at Columbia University. He moves to the Big Apple after receiving a letter from his father inviting him to Kenya after 10 years. He soon realizes that he does not fit in with white or black people. Barry, determined to find himself, goes to his politics college classes and automatically gets singled out, except for one girl, Charlotte, who finds his love for politics intriguing.

As the movie goes on, Barry struggles to stay connected to his friends, mother, estranged father who lives in Kenya and his classmates. Realizing he is losing himself, he starts to play basketball at a local park in the projects and makes a new acquaintance, PJ. PJ is willing to show Barry how to live in the projects and how real “brothers” live. After spending some time in Harlem with PJ, he is physically assaulted by a man who assumes Barry is doing him wrong by talking to “his girl”. Barry automatically returns to Charlotte, drunk and beaten up. They argue about his well being and Barry realizes that he has been living wrong, and after getting a call that his father has passed away in a car accident, he decides to change.

I absolutely loved this movie. With the recent events in our country, I thought it would be suitable to watch this. The overall quality of the movie was great, and the plot was consistent. Devon Terrell, who played Barry, was the perfect match to represent Obama when he was a youth.

The movie “Barry” was rated on IMDb with 5.9/10 stars, but I think should have received better feedback. I would give this movie four out of five cardinal heads.


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