The black experience is not monolithic and I am always searching for content that showcases the multilayered experiences of African Americans. In my quest to find such material I found Uncorked on Netflix. Uncorked is written and directed by Prentice Penny, of Insecure fame.
The movie tells the story of Elijah who upset his father when he decides to pursue his dream of becoming a master sommelier instead of taking over the family barbeque business. Elijah is played by Mamoudou Athie. Father Louis is played by Courtney B. Vance and mother Sylvia is played by Niecy Nash. Uncorked is set in Memphis, Tennessee and production did an amazing job showcasing Memphis from imagery to soundtrack.
Uncorked refreshing in that it realistically handles the conflict that arises between Elijah and Louis. Dialogue is relatable in that many times parents see their children growing up and following in their footsteps where career and family are concerned not considering their children may want to go in another direction. Penny masterfully showcased this dynamic and at the same time sparked my interest in wine. I was aware but unaware that wine is intricate. Not saying that I’ll be leaving Stella Rosa anytime soon, but it opened my eyes to the art of wine tasting.
Uncorked is definitely worth watching. It’s slow in some places, but overall it is a layered and nuanced story.
Whut, say you?