Now with a title like The Brother From Another Planet, this is a difficult movie to ignore at first glance. There are many things brought to mind with a title and premise such as this one, so I was interested to see if any of them would pan out. Would the comedy be aimed at a more “urban” demographic, or to film nerds with an ironic sense of humor? What would the production values be for something using sci-fi? What the heck was the plot about? All of these questions were answered in quick succession within the first few scenes, at a distinguishably slower pace.
The answers, respectively, are: surprisingly vanilla, low rent, and slave runs away from owners and seeks shelter with loving humans.
A good idea that lands right initially, but gets a little lost along the way. It tries to be a tale all about inner-city morality, good versus evil, and the adventures of a naive young outsider all at once.
All the characters are varied and colorful, showing the vibrancy of Harlem in 1980’s New York. I was admittedly a little surprised at how fast they accepted the outsider into their lives.
The sets are realistic, with much if being filmed on location. Other than one or two confusing shots, the overall presentation is solid.
Pretty good, but a little strange and/or low rent at times. I understand that the focus is supposed to mostly be on the characterization of the players, but noticeably bad effects can draw attention away from that.
Fairly well put together, the characters really feel like they are a part of the presented settings.
Good if you like independent films or low-rent sci-fi.