THE ANGRY BLACK GIRL AND HER MONSTER
Starring: Laya DeLeon Hayes, Denzel Whitaker, Chad L. Coleman, Reilly Brooke Stith, Keith Holliday, Amani Summer, and Edem Atsu-Swanzy
Director: Bomani J. Story
The true horror of The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster is its tragic subject matter, and the film is at its best when it delivers on its raw and nuanced portrayal of the value of life. But it also delivers a fresh Frankenstein tale with some hard-hitting commentary on the cycle of inequality. That said, its third act decides to abandon its earlier themes to become just another run-of-the-mill, low-budget monster movie. Still, it’s an ambitious little film with a well-paced runtime that is worth the watch.
I can’t be too critical of The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster because it does what it sets out to do fairly well despite facing several constraints. For example, it features a lead actress in her first starring role on the big screen, a first-time director, and it’s the production company’s first English-language feature film. Plus, it couldn’t have had a very big budget. You can feel all of that. Still, it generally works as a modern (and relevant) twist on Frankenstein, and all involved should be people to watch moving forward. It's a great resume builder, but do you need to watch it? Nah.