Review: Sylvie's Love
In 1950's Harlem, Sylvie (Tessa Thompson) aspires to work in TV and spends time helping out her father (Lance Reddick) at his record store so she can watch more of it. There, she meets Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha) a saxophone player on his way to making it big. They fall in love, but will their individual dreams make room for it?
I can't say I gravitate towards romantic movies often but something about this trailer made me want to see this. Tessa Thompson is great and I've loved her work so far, and I adore what she did with Sylvie. She's the sweetest thing, but it's not her entire personality. A lesser writer would've left it at that and kept her one dimensional but writer/director Eugene Ashe doesn't do that. Same with Robert, they're both fully fleshed out characters with hopes and dreams, and they work together. Since it's told from Sylvie's point of view, I kept wishing she could just have it all.
While this film does fall on some very typical romantic tropes, it doesn't dwell on them and it makes for a nice at home watch. The costumes and set designs are gorgeous. Sylvie's Love is available to stream if you're an Amazon Prime member.
Memorable Quote: "Favorite song for this moment?" - Sylvie (Tessa Thompson)