ABC Film Challenge – Favourites – Y – White Boy Rick (2018) Movie Review

This is under Y because of director Yann Demange.

Director: Yann Demange

Writer: Andy Weiss, Logan Miller, Noah Miller (Screenplay)

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, RJ Cyler, Jonathan Majors

Plot: The story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

Runtime: 1 Hour 51 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: White Boy Rick starts as Rick Wershe Jr (Merritt) is getting tired of his father Richard (McConaughey) behaviour in the questionable business ideas. Rick finds himself looking to make a deal with the Curry crew with Lil Man (Majors) running the operation.

What starts out like smooth sailing for Rick, soon turns sour as he finds himself in the middle of a battle between arms dealers and drug dealer, along with FBI agents Snyder (Leigh) and Byrd (Cochrane) trying to bring the Curry family down, forcing Rick to work for them.

Thoughts on White Boy Rick

ThoughtsWhite Boy Rick follows the teenage years of the drug lord named White Boy Rick, a teenager that stepped into the arms dealing game to protect his father and soon finds himself as an informant, turned drug lord of the area. The story shows us how one young man became one of the most famous criminals for never hurting anyone. Showing how a teenager rose to the top by playing the game that the authorities placed upon him. We do go down the road of not getting much sympathy for Rick because most of what happens is his own downfall, despite showing the kindness to help people, including his sister. The performances in the film are strong throughout, seeing McConaughey taking the supporting role does work very well in the film too. The timeline we get to follow do show quite a few years of how the world was changing, which seems to show one or two big moments per year before moving on, which takes away the position of power Rick managed to gain.

Final Thoughts White Boy Rick is an interesting look at the rise to power of the teenage drug lord, well acted but does seem to skip over the smaller points on his rise.

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