‘Goldie’ Tribeca Film Festival Review: The Drama Is a Moving Start for Slick Woods and More

The movie tells the story of Goldie (Slick Woods), an 18-year-old dancer who hopes to make it big one day. The pressure for her to make it only intensifies once her mother gets arrested and she decides to take care of her two little sisters, Sherrie (Alanna Renee Tyler-Tompkins) and Supreme (Jazmyn C Dorsey). One thing that gives Goldie hope is an audition to be in a music video and she’ll do almost anything to make it happen.

The movie has a colorful and playful start

Ben Howe, Jose Rodriguez, Jazmyn C. Dorsey, Alanna Renee Tyler-Tompkins, Luca Borghese, Slick Woods, Khris Davis, Director Sam de Jong, and Nathan Halpern attend the "Goldie"
(L-R) Ben Howe, Jose Rodriguez, Jazmyn C. Dorsey, Alanna Renee Tyler-Tompkins, Luca Borghese, Slick Woods, Khris Davis, Director Sam de Jong, and Nathan Halpern attend the “Goldie” | Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival

Director Sam de Jong made a colorful movie with its use of animation in the credits an in the introduction of new chapters. The chapters are adorably narrated by Tyler-Tompkins.

The beginning of the film feels playful since it opens with Goldie dancing in front of an audience. She is then cheering on her sister Supreme when she is drumming. There is also a chase scene that is edited to have multiple versions of characters in the same shot to make it feel more chaotic.

However, this playfulness wanes after Goldie’s mother, Carol (Marsha Stephanie Blake) gets arrested. We see the once smiling and happy Goldie from the beginning turn more inward when she has to figure out where she and her sisters will stay, if she’ll have what she needs to get into this music video, and if she can trust those who are offering her help.

Slick Woods plays a complex Goldie who needs to survive

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The movie is a story of survival with the main character fighting to keep her sisters together instead of turning them into child services to possibly be separated and be placed in different homes.

It’s also the story of growing up. We get a sense that Goldie has already lived a tough life up to this point, and had to grow up faster to protect her little sisters because of it. However, she resorts to quick fixes for her problems like the teenager she is and needs to come to a realization about that.

Goldie becomes so quiet in her inner struggle at times that you may wish to get more out of her. But eventually, the movie does give Goldie and therefore Woods moments for her to show how much her circumstances are weighing on her. The role is a moving start for Slick Woods given how complex it is.

The movie is a debut for more than its famous star

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We are taken on a wild journey full of interesting supporting characters. The one partner that really helps Woods shine in her role is Eli (George Sample III.) He is a friend that Goldie turns to in her time of need. She is finally able to get vulnerable enough with him to show her best moment in the movie.

Woods isn’t the only one making her debut in this film. Angela Griszell and Alanna Renee Tyler-Tompkins come in for their first roles as well. Goldie is a moving start for all of them, which will leave you excited to see more of their work in the future.

Goldie has yet to be scheduled for a wide release. These are the remaining screening times for the movie at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Read more: Slick Woods Talks ‘Goldie’ and Bringing Her Own Experience of Homelessness to Her First Movie Role

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