Starring Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, Orlando Jones, Leonard Roberts, Candace Carey, J. Anthony Brown, Afemo Omilami
(7-Very Good Film)
Entertaining. Flashy. Modest.
I’ve never given marching band much consideration. Football games are about football. Marching band is background noise, but, similar to what Pitch Perfect did years later for Acapella, Drumline makes marching band look really cool. Drumline follows Devon Miles (Nick Cannon), a hot-head drum recruit to Atlanta A & T’s revered marching band who immediately finds himself at odds with the band director, Dr. Lee (Orlando Jones), and the percussion leader, Sean (Leonard Roberts). This film is super solid entertainment. You know as soon as the film starts what it’s about and where it’s going but you’re happy with the execution. Supporting players-Jones, Roberts, and J. Anthony Brown as the rival band leader-stand out, while Nick Cannon proves a capable lead despite being cocky and hard to like for a good portion of the film.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-