September 14, 2018

Slice is Now Available on Digital.

In a spooky small town, when a slew of pizza delivery boys are slain on the job, two daring survivors Dax (played by Chance the Rapper) and Astrid (played by Zazie Beetz) set out to catch the culprits behind the cryptic crime spree. Slice is Director Austin Vesely's first feature film after helming music videos for Chance's "Sunday Candy" and "Angels."

Slice is the newest A24 film and is the directorial debut of Austin Vesely (who has previously directed music videos for star Chance the Rapper). To start off, this film is definitely going of an 80’s style vibe and really captures it well. It also establishes a really cool universe and mythology for the film. Another shout out would be to the director for giving a decent amount of screentime to each cast member, especially with such a large amount of characters...but that's where things start to go down hill.

While each character gets a good amount of screentime in this 84 minute film, not much moves forward with each character’s arc. This criticism falls on the writers. But moving on towards the actors, quite a few cast members are way to extra and over the top for this film. I believe the director was trying to use that for the 80’s vibe, but it honestly just pulled me out of the movie. Especially the witches. Unfortunately, Chance the Rapper’s film debut was also disappointing. It seemed very surface level and when stood up with Zazie Beetz (previously seen in “Deadpool 2” and “Atlanta”) he just seemed very surface level.

Over all, this film is a good cheesy 80’s horror movie. Just at moments, it gets too over the top and takes you out of it. It is however, a pretty disappointing film for A24 and stinks to see that Chance the Rapper does not have acting chops. If you are already eager to see this film, it is worth checking out. You will definitely have fun with it, but if this was not on your radar you can skip it.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Cabell Cabell (Senior Contributor) is a filmmaker from Tampa, Florida. He will watch just about any film but when he's not reviewing the latest hits he spends time directing films of his own.
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