"The meaning of life doesn't seem to shine like that screen."
(Weyes Blood, "Movies")
Uncanny portrayal of Brazil clearly shot through foreign eyes. Nothing in Black Orpheus resembles reality, not even during Carnaval season. The characters act not like people but fantastical overjoyed caricatures. The unconvincing acting is only made worse by the insufferable dubbing, filled with accents from São Paulo while the characters are supposed to be from Rio de Janeiro. The Bossa Nova and samba soundtrack is good but overused to the point of vexation. Jobim's "A Felicidade" was actually a good…
It's colourful, it's lively, it's urgent, it's pure fire. Spike Lee spends time with the people from Bed–Stuy to create one of the most complex depictions of race relations in the United States - there's nuance to every character and situation. The script is extraordinary but the cinematography - especially the use of warm colours matching the heat, the tension and the vibrant mood - and the soundtrack - filled with hip hop, R&B and jazz tracks - should be appreciated too.