Blu-ray Review: MORRIS FROM AMERICA

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MORRIS FROM AMERICA was written and directed by Chad Hartigan and stars Craig Robinson and Markees Christmas, with Lina Keller, Carla Juri and Jakub Gierszał.

A heartwarming and crowd-pleasing coming-of-age comedy with a unique spin, Morris From America centers on Morris Gentry (Christmas) a 13-year-old who has just relocated with his single father, Curtis (Robinson) to Heidelberg, Germany. Morris, who fancies himself the next Notorious B.I.G., is a complete fish-out-of-water— a budding hip-hop star in an EDM world.  To complicate matters further, Morris quickly falls hard for his cool, rebellious, 15-year-old classmate Katrin. Morris sets out against all odds to take the hip-hop world by storm and win the girl of his dreams.

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Morris from America focuses on this 13-year-old kid who moves to Germany to live with his father after his mother dies. He has dreams and aspirations of becoming the next big hip hop star, so yeah, he’s definitely a fish out of water. The story was fun with just a touch of innocence to it but the movie itself did have some langauge and drug use in it, just so you know. We watch this kid travel to the other side of the world to start over where he gets his first crush on this girl who is way too wild for him. She’s definitely a free spirit. The two end up becoming close friends and she gives Morris the oportunity to experience life out of the norm. Watching this innocent teenager get into some of the things he does is all part of this little movie’s charm.

Newcomer Markess Christmas did a fantastic job with this likable character of his that you just can’t help but cheer for, and laugh at sometimes, as he ventures out into this whole new world where he ends up getting his first crush. Craig Robinson also did a really good job as this widowed father who is tasked at not only giving his curious son some rules to go by, but he still understands what it’s like being a teenager so he has to remember to take it a little easy on him at times. Robinson tones down his usual foulmouthed humor for this comedy but he still brings a little bit of it with him in a few scenes. It’s nothing too bad so don’t worry, plus Robinson is still very funny at times.

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc is flat grey and only features the movie title. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Morris from America ended up being a fun watch and so much better than I thought it was going to be. This was a diffferent kind of coming of age story and the movie itself was really entertaining and touching at times. It’s heartwarming and hilarious! All of the acting was spot on and the characters were all interesting enough to follow. Remember, you get to see a different side of Craig Robinson in this one and he does a great job with this more grounded character of his than what we’re used to seeing from him. Chad Hartigan did a really good job telling this story and capturing these great performance by this international cast. They actually shot the movie on location in Germany which is also kind of impressive in its own right. Morris from America arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on November 8th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 91 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1,85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff!

  • Audio Commentary with Director Chad Hartigan and Actors Craig Robinson and Markees Christmas
  • “Making Morris from America” Featurette (11:22)
  • Bloopers (02:35)
  • Deleted Scene (01:18)
  • Casting Tapes (04:28)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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