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Review: Zola

The first film based on a twitter thread has arrived in the shape of Zola a quirky, off-beat drama featuring Taylor Paige as the titular Zola, who embarks on a insane as they come road trip with Stefani (Riley Keough) her boyfriend Derrek (Nicholas Braun) and pimp (Colman Domingo).

Zola, a Detroit waitress, is seduced into a weekend of stripping in Florida for some quick cash — but the trip becomes a sleepless 48-hour odyssey involving a nefarious friend, her pimp and her idiot boyfriend.

Zola is hard to describe as it can’t be defined as any one particular genre. It’s simply like being on a trip without taking any actual drugs. The two female leads in Paige and Keough are simply spectacular throughout with the most ghetto script ever committed to screen. Fear The Walking Dead’s Colman Domingo, is simply electric too and is a real highlight of Zola.

Zola, overall though is going to be a marmite movie for most, you’re either going to love it and all it’s raunchy, abrasive, colourful madness, or hate it for the same reasons. Janicza Bravo has made a really compelling piece of cinema here, to which there is a huge amount to enjoy.

The tweet sound markers punctuate like chapters throughout and the ending is somewhat novel if not frustrating, but certainly if you need something different than the usual buffet of big summer blockbusters then Zola is certainly a worthy choice.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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