Selah and the Spades Review
I was determined to have a break today and threw myself a little movie daytime party with a bowl of popcorn and a glass of wine. I recently saw the trailer for Selah and the Spades and knew I had to watch this movie. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to view a screening from the comfort of my own home and thoroughly enjoyed it.
If you enjoy intense drama, then this is the film for you. In her filmmaking debut, director Tayarisha Poe brings us a brilliant and wayward film that keeps you immersed to the end. Selah and the Spades tells the story of your not so typical high schoolers in a private boarding school in Pennsylvania. More closely set around various cliques or factions in this prestigious school. The film zones in on Selah, a deeply troubled and influential senior played by actress Lovie Simone (Greenleaf) who runs arguably one of the toughest factions along side her friend Maxxie played by actor Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us). Selah sets her eyes on sweet yet take no mess, Paloma (Celeste O'Connor) to take over her reign. Selahs senior year brings new challenges and obstacles and seemingly always at the top of her game she is met with her own demons and realization that her reign is coming to an end.
Poe gives us insight into these characters lives in a totally different way than we are use to. The typical teenage high school drama you will not find. From the casting to the impeccable writing, this film is a must see. You will not have to wait long... Selah and the Spades debuts tomorrow April, 17 only on Amazon Prime Video. Make a party out of it and let me know what you think! You can checkout the trailer below.