Film Review: Bodied
Director: Joseph Kahn
Writer: Joseph Kahn & Alex Larsen
Cinematography: Matt Wise
Cast: Calum Worthy, Jackie Long, Rory Uphold, Jonathan Park, Walter Perez, Shonique Shandai
Country of Origin: USA
Time: 120 mins.
Sal from Crome Yellow and I review some of the best films we saw at AFI FEST this year, including Joseph Kahn's blistering battle rap film, Bodied. Adam, a progressive graduate student finds success and sparks outrage when his interest in battle rap as a thesis subject becomes a competitive obsession. It is written by Alex Larsen AKA Kid Twist, whose battle rap against Dumbfoundead is undoubtedly an inspiration for the film. You have never seen a battle rap film like this one before.
Joseph Kahn has always been a maverick of sorts whether it's being a supremely iconic music video Director or an internet troll, Kahn clearly only plays by his rules. Even when it comes to narrative features, he does it at his speed--a blistering 1000 mph. Bodied is no different when comparing it to the man himself or his filmography: quick-witted, boundary-pushing, and painstakingly hilarious. I can't give Bodied enough praise for tackling the topic of political-correctness, white privilege, racism, sexism, and so much more especially in the underground world of battle rap. Who knows when this film will be released to the public. All I can say is, people aren't ready for this realness.