Wednesday, December 6, 2023

🌟 Kwei's Movie Reviews--"Rustin" on Netflix🌟

After the crush of Thanksgiving, I’m back with a new movie review. 

In my film reviews, I start with the benchmark of five stars and then deduct half or one point if the film 

falls short in any of the following categories:

·  Storyline ·  Screenplay ·  Acting ·  Direction ·  Character Arcs

The reviews are my opinions alone.

Bayard Rustin in Washington (Artistic rendition by DALL-E)

Plot overview of Rustin 

Netflix's compelling “Rustin” unveils the crucial but often overshadowed role of activist Bayard Rustin in the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The film, set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, details Rustin's interactions with iconic figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, and Ella Baker. It's a profoundly emotional and educational portrayal, ideal for viewers fascinated by history and social change. “Rustin” also explores Rustin's personal life, including his relationships with Tom Kahn and the fictional Elias Taylor, showcasing the struggles he faced due to his sexuality in a prejudiced era. The movie depicts Rustin's resilience and determination, making it a standout historical drama on Netflix. 

Star-Studded Cast Highlights

Colman Domingo’s stellar portrayal of Rustin overshadows an equally talented cast, including Aml Ameen as MLK Jr., Chris Rock as Roy Wilkins, Glynn Turman as A. Phillip Randolph, and Jeffrey Wright as Adam Clayton Powell. Their performances add layers to this compelling narrative, creating a must-watch cinematic experience. 

 Behind-The-Scenes Insights 

Produced by the Obamas' Higher Ground, the film has an esteemed production background. Domingo's insights into playing Rustin highlight the film's commitment to highlighting overlooked historical figures, making “Rustin” a significant cultural piece.

In-Depth Commentary 

Directed by George C. Wolfe, “Rustin” is a fusion of passion and exceptional acting. Domingo's portrayal, supported by Johnny Ramey's impactful performance as Elias Taylor, is a testament to the film's depth. Despite its limited runtime, “Rustin” captures the essence of Rustin's life and legacy. 


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½ 


A beautifully crafted narrative bringing to life a key figure in civil rights history


Excellently written


Precise and clean


Outstanding performances by the entire cast, particularly Domingo 

Character Arcs 

Deeply engaging and intricately crafted, especially in the roles of Rustin and Elias Taylor 

Bottom Line 

“Rustin” is an extraordinary film highlighting a significant yet overlooked figure in American history. Its exploration of themes like sexual orientation and race is both relevant and necessary. This film is more than entertainment; it's a vital piece of historical reflection, making it a must-watch on Netflix.


  1. Thanks for this review. I'd seen it advertised but hadn't made the time to see it yet. Now I will.

  2. Hooray for you, Kwei. Rustin was in the news headlines and a hero to many of us when I was on the cusp of adulthood. Once he faded from the scene, I confess I lost track of age memory. But as soon as I saw his name in your headline, “Bayard” glowed in my brain and I wondered how and why he could have disappeared. I this is a MUST SEE for me.