“The Land”, directed and written by Steven Caple Jr., premiered on Tuesday (7/26) at the SVA Theater in New York City, and the Bleu team was able to attend the event. A star-studded red carpet event, featuring Caple and executive producer Nas, promised an entertaining movie. This was also assured by Bleu’s interview with Caple, which you can find here.
After settling into the theater, Nas and Caple said a few words about how grateful they were to be able to show the movie to us, and then the movie began. And let me tell you, “The Land” did not disappoint. A beautiful and yet heartbreaking movie, “The Land” punctuates its tense moments with moments of uplifting laughter and smiles. Images of families coming together and being happy, attending fairs, and silly phone videos of the four main characters skateboarding in abandoned buildings, rapping their troubles, the movie took its viewers for an emotional ride. All you want for at the end of the movie is a happy ending, but its ending (not to spoil the movie) is not completely happy. The four main characters face a bittersweet end, which is at times more bitter than sweet. What you feel at the end of “The Land” varies from person to person, but this viewer felt melancholy.
Be that as it may, the movie as a whole was intrinsically stunning- a true representation of life in Cleveland and the hardships its occupants face on a daily basis. Words cannot adequately illustrate the depth of this film- it is something you have to see and experience on your own. Bravo, Caple!