Variety reviews Of Good Report

Variety magazine has reviewed Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s Of Good Report, a darkly comic and refreshing South African thriller with music by Philip Miller.

Luridly compelling if never quite surprising, Parker’s descent is realized by Qubeka with unsubtle stylistic aplomb. The heightened noir flourishes are, of course, accentuated by Jonathan Kovel’s black-and-white lensing, even if the slightly washed-out digital finish isn’t always up to the flair of the compositions. The crudely effective poetry of the film’s approach is best represented by a witty, metaphoric montage that portrays the arc of Parker and Nolitha’s queasy relationship in the space of a single tango lesson: Like a warped outtake from “Chicago,” the sequence is one of many distinguished by Joel Kapend’s clever, claustrophobically layered sound design.

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