Movie Review: ‘Destination: Planet Negro!’

Review by Monique Thompson

In 1939, African American leaders respond to Jim Crow segregation by building a rocket to colonize Mars. The three person crew blasts off, but time travel instead, arriving in present-day American revealing much about race today.

Destination: Planet Negro! is a spoof comedy film about a group of black leaders in the late 1930s that decide the way to deal with the so called negro-problem in America is by fleeing the country and head to Mars. They build a rocket ship and are launched to Mars, only to realize that they’ve time traveled and it’s now present day America.

While the first several minutes of the film are in black and white, things start off a little shaky and immediately makes you wonder just how bad the film will get from there. Basically think of Wizard Of Oz type music and sound effects that remind you of back in the day. Clearly the idea was to channel the 30s era but it ended up just looking a little weird. On the bright side, it ends up not being too bad once they get to present day and things get in color. While the acting is very subpar, the film is still genuinely funny. Trai Byers from the popular Fox hit, Empire, is amongst the cast and is in a much different role than on the primetime flick. There’s a few very funny moments that are a gut busting, then at the same time, there’s a few that are just cheesy. I guess it’s safe to safe what’s expected of a pretty low-budget indie film is mainly what you’ll get. For a VOD film, if you’re an indie lover, it’ll be worth the couple bucks to rent or even view for free if you already have Amazon Prime.

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