Good evening! I’m lucky enough to be reviewing YET another brilliant masterpiece after being mind blown by The Shawshank Redemption (believe me, I’m still talking about it). While, for me, there is absolutely no difference between black and white, I was a bit anti Will Smith during the Oscars period, as I considered him a whiny loser for the whole “OscarsSoWhite” thing and his Oscars boycott. Well, he got the last laugh for sure! I finally watched Concussion and now I’m bummed that I waited for so long. On the other hand, who cannot love Will Smith? He had been making me laugh for decades in his colourful 90s oh-so-street clothes rapping “Now this is the story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down”.
Concussion is, by no means, a funny movie and it was weird for me to see Will Smith portraying a serious person, and it took me some time to get used to his accent. The movie is a drama based on a true story about the Nigerian pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu who investigated the brains of dead football stars and discovered CTE – a football-related brain trauma, and he dedicated his life for the truth to be known. Football star after football star died and the NFL kept refusing to acknowledge the research of Dr. Omalu, which, eventually, turned into a fight between him and the worldknown football association that, as it is stated in the movie, is so big that “it owns a day of the week that used to belong to the church”.
I don’t know anything about NFL besides the halftime show performers at the Super Bowl but Concussion is without doubt, one of the best movies from 2015. It is full of emotions because we follow both Omalu’s professional life and his private life with his Kenyan wife, and we do not only see how Omalu’s work is being rejected by the NFL but we witness him being rejected as an American for messing with the NFL and people even tell him to “go back to Africa and leave American football alone”.
The movie is, what I like to call a grey movie – not very colourful, mysterious in certain ways, and just dark from the beginning until the very end, and, in my opinion, those movies have the best stories – and Concussion is no different. Did Will Smith deserve an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Dr. Omalu? Undoubtedly. Did the Academy make a mistake? Yes. Are we over it yet? Yes! Will may not have been nominated for this movie but it doesn’t make him a less impressive actor or the movie less enjoyable. Dedicate two hours to Concussion and enjoy a movie that tells a true story about the American dream, dedication, rejection, persistence, and true everyday life issues.
I’ll rate Concussion 5 out of 5 clapperboards because it’s simply a brilliant movie.