Yardie released in 2018, and when it released, it didn’t hit America first or at the same time (as far as I know so don’t check me too hard if I’m wrong). It released in the UK, so it stalled my watching this directorial debut by actor Idris Elba. Yardie is based off of the book with the same name written by Victor Headley, and because the movie came out so fantastic, I’m assuming the book is one to read asap as well.
Let me go ahead and get to it without giving away everything
because you know I’ll spoil it from front end to back end. Elba directed a super entertaining film with all the points necessary to keep you until the end. The actors did a phenomenal job as the movie moved from Jamaica all the way to London in the plot, and everything flowed well…very well…all the way down to casting.
As soon as I turned it on, about five or so minutes into the movie, I am following the life of a guy who is trying to bring peace to an area of Kingston between what looks to be rivals. This peaceful guy is shot during a peace and love block party where he brings the rivals together to stand for harmony and all the hopes that make people smile and sing KumBaYah. (Honestly, this moment pulled me into the life and legacy of Bob Marley. If you don’t know much about him, there is a cool doc on Netflix now. Catch it). When the peacemaker meets his unfortunate fate, his little brother called “D” ended up watching the whole shooting go down.
Now for some light spoilers, so move away from the screen and go watch so you won’t hate me. These spoilers I’m about to give are like a side Caesar salad, not a grilled steak, so you should be fine if you don’t mind something cool, but not bloated.
From then on, little brother “D” wants to get revenge. His whole life is tied up in it, and while he grows up, getting involved in criminal activity, the murder of his brother haunts him day in and day out. Honestly, it’s like he eats, sleeps, and poops revenge, especially when it’s triggered.
Let’s talk about “D” for a second, played by the extra handsome Aml Ameen who made the film just that much more easy to stay focused on. He executed that role like the champ he obviously is on screen so props for that casting director because I hate it when the wrong person is cast for a dope film! I won’t name drop on movies that have done this though because it’s not the right hour for me because I’m in empathy mode.
“D” goes to London, changes course on a drug deal, gets into all the trouble in London as soon as his bad-luck-follows-him-butt lands on colder turf, brings the hell of all nightmares down on his peaceful baby’s mother, nearly gets his wonderfully put together face blown to pieces
(which I totally was like what a waste of face if this happens) and finds out in the worst way that the vengeance he sought all his life for his older brother’s death was … (I won’t say). Watch.
There is literally nothing to pick apart in this movie. I loved it from grip to grip because I didn’t let it go, check my phone or doze off into my own imagination while watching. I’d wondered why when it first released it garnered some “odd/weird/like huh?” low reviews by supposed “top of the line” reviewers
who had lost their minds obviously, but that goes to show you, SEE IT and JUDGE FOR YOURSELF…ALWAYS. I so wish it had released on Netflix.
It’s definitely a 5 out of 5 stars, and I’m not saying that because I’m a big huge fan of the I to the E. If it would have been lame, I would have cried but still written this with no shade to his skill. Skilled people have few flubs in the midst of brilliance most of the time and that is to be expected, but YARDIE was clearly not a flub but BRILLIANT, especially for a directorial debut. The I to the E has what it takes to direct lit to film in a great way.
Now time to watch the new Luther because I already know it’s good. Also, check out my Gabriel’s Trails series below, and thanks for the support!