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Small Axe

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Miniseries celebrates Black British culture; adult themes.

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Is It Any Good?

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Steve McQueen's Small Axe anthology series is powerful, beautiful, and above all relevant. The Oscar-winning filmmaker's five-part series shines a light on Black culture, opening a door to the lives of London's West Indian community during the the late 1960s and mid-1980s. A mix of real events and fictional storytelling, each episode sits as its own story. The result is an eclectic miniseries that is both a celebration and reminder of all that is good and bad in society. Serious topics such as racism and police corruption are depicted with their devastating impact laid bare for all to see. But there are also touching, gentler stories about first love, friendship, and family.

McQueen -- who also wrote the large part of the series -- is a master of his craft, with the cinematography worthy of a feature film. He manages to draw you in to a point where you feel part of the story. The cast is also made up of actors at the top of their game, including John Boyega, Letitia Wright, and Jack Lowden. Viewers will find something different from each episode -- some are hard-hitting, while others more subtle -- and will subsequently have their favorites. But collectively this superb series is television at its best.

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