Superhero blockbuster movies are adrenaline pumping and dopamine triggering pieces of entertainment. But as Logan and Black Panther have shown us, superhero movies can deliver more than photo-realistic CGI explosions.
Fast Color has a typical origins story – a woman with supernatural abilities is on the run from the government while mankind is grappling with a doomsday crisis.
The movie is less rooted in its mythology, which causes some irksome plot holes. The execution is also uneven and you can see the budget constraints on the production value.
These are outweighed by the movie’s message, performances, and visuals. Ruth goes through the familiar hero journey of coming into one’s own but its combined with impactful themes – motherhood, oppression, and empowerment.
Fast Color is a superhero movie that doesn’t revolve around destruction. It tells us that creation is awe-inspiring and the possibilities it brings can be powerful. It reminds us of what happens to a group of people treated as the “other”. Finally, it teaches us that we shouldn’t let fear – whether other people’s or our own – control us.
The slow-burning plot, use of color, and musical score create an atmospheric solemn picture about three generations of black women. Solid performances from the cast further bolster its message. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is not in a big superhero movie, but her role in this film has far more depth than all female characters have – well so far – in MCU.
Ruth’s journey may not be a CGI spectacle but her journey is still heroic, thanks to a script that treats its character as a person, not just a superhero in spandex.
Fast Color is a multi-generational origins story with a compelling perspective thanks to solid performances, solemn visuals, and introspective script.