A fish-out-of-water comedy about a talented street drummer from Harlem who enrolls in a Southern university, expecting to lead its marching band’s drumline to victory. He initially flounders in his new world, before realizing that it takes more than talent to reach the top.
Sujit R. Varma
User Reviews: Thi movie gave a good presentation of the way every high school graduate feels as they leave one phase of their life to enter another. Every high school graduate, particularly one who has excelled at some endeavor be it extracurricular or academic, has a certain ego about themselves, and that ego has taken over their personna. Drumline captures the feeling of on youth as he must deal with the fact that his ego has now gotten in the way of being able to be part of something larger than himself. Even though he individually excels, he must understand humility, and learn how to be part of an organization. This is a life lesson that he learns while being part of this band and finally understands that his goals and the goals of the band are the same. This movie could be set in any environment, but the fact that it depicts an African-American youth coming from urban life I think heightens this theme, plus the fact that he is surrounded by other African-American students and professors lets him see that success in life is color blind, if one has the guts to go for it.
I think this is one of the better character studies I’ve seen in a while, and the marching band and drumline setting make the movie that much more entertaining. By the end of the movie, this man, this school and this drumline have all become heroes and you actually can take in the excitement of the moment. Probably not since Breaking Away, have I seen a movie that has captured the human experience so well.