JUICE: 25TH ANNIVERSARY REVIEWED
“Juice” is just about four hood kids that want to be happy. The guys are split between how to escape the hood and keep their respect. Naturally, Tupac plays the guy who wants to grab a gun and get nuts. The soundtrack is still as good as you remember. However, “Above the Rim” is still “bumping”. That’s a term that the younger readers taught me. Apparently, if I used it in a review, it would be the Lulz.
Ernest R. Dickerson made his directorial debut with this film and it’s impressive. However, it does have the baggage of being the movie that historically kicked off the Hoodrat subgenre of the 1990s. Sure, Singleton did it better than anybody. It’s just that I appreciate Dickerson’s ability to blend his time with Spike Lee and what was going down in the early 1990s. This isn’t a message movie and it’s not glorification. “Juice” is a slice of life movie that’s still completely out of reach for most of America.
Still, deep anniversary reaches like this make me love Paramount. Film history still matters.
- New Featurettes
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track