Miss Juneteenth: A Slice of Former Beauty Queen Life
Directed by Channing Godfrey Peoples
Written by Channing Godfrey Peoples
Though this is the type of movie that would inspire comments by Redbox reviewers along the lines of, “Oh, my GOD soooooo boooooring!!!!”* I loved this slice of life feature, especially the push-pull of the mother/daughter relationship.** Channing Godfrey Peoples lets us come to our own conclusions about what has brought Turquoise Jones (Nicole Beharie) to this point, and gives us hints about what her future could be. For all its quiet observation, this movie has a ton to say about class, race, family systems, and ramifications of choices made.
The verdict: Recommended
Cost: $4.99 via Redbox OnDemand (I had a $2.00 off coupon)
Where watched: at home
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*I read a Redbox user review like this for Manchester by the Sea, and thought, “Dude, did you go into this knowing nothing?”
**Mothers wanting things for their daughters that aren’t important to the daughters is a universal mother/daughter theme. Turquoise’s experience as Miss Juneteenth was a highlight of her life and keeps her from seeing that her daughter’s interests lie elsewhere.
- Where do you think Turquoise is steering herself in the right direction?
- What struck you the most about this film.
Favorite IMDB trivia item:
No trivia. Instead, enjoy this quote from a Deadline article:
I wanted to tell this story about a black woman with a dream deferred, and a black woman that knows that she just wants something for herself even though she may not be able to articulate at the moment. She has these hopes and dreams for her child and she also has these hopes for her child to have a better life. As a writer and as a filmmaker, I tend to write about family cycles and what we leave behind and what we decide to move forward with. Also in my work, I definitely write about black women who are taking a step forward in their lives, and I love writing about their journeys, and I come from that unique perspective as a black woman having grown up in this country, and especially in, what I call, black Texas. Actually, I took that from another writer who said this is black Texas, and I thought that was incredible. So I’ve taken that and now I say I understand that I was raised in black Texas.Channing Godfrey Peoples
Other reviews of Miss Juneteenth:
- Carla Renata, The Curvy Film Critic
- Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture