The inspection seeks to provide viewers with a heartbreaking story about a man who fights against his family and a government system just to be heard and accepted.
Having been rejected by his mother for his sexuality, Ellis French (Jeremy Pope) looks to build a life for himself in the US Navy. Unfortunately for him, he finds that his peers and supervisors aren’t as supportive either. However, as he goes through rigorous basic military training, he soon finds an inner strength and resilience that propels him forward on a poignant journey of self-exploration, helping him realize that he doesn’t have to change to be loved. .
Here’s everything we know about The inspection.
When is the inspection release date?
The inspection opens in theaters in the US on Friday, November 18. However, before then, the film will be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.
To date, there has been no official announcement as to when the film will be released in the UK. When that information becomes available, we’ll be sure to include it here.
What is the Inspection about?
A24, the studio behind The inspection describes the synopsis of the film as follows:
“In Elegance Bratton’s deeply moving film, inspired by his own story, a young black gay man, rejected by his mother and with few options for his future, decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed in a But even as she battles the deep-seated prejudices and grueling routines of Basic Training, she finds unexpected camaraderie, strength, and support in this new community, giving her a hard-earned sense of belonging that will shape her identity and It will forever change your life.”
The Inspection reviews: what the critics say
The inspection reviews are pouring in, and as of September 9, the film has a rotten tomato (opens in a new tab)88% score. Below are just a few of the glowing reviews.
Peter Debruge, Variety (opens in a new tab): “This deeply personal narrative debut is a gay black man’s way of showing how he not only survived [his] experience, but he was strengthened by it.
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter (opens in a new tab): “It marks a consummate narrative debut for writer-director Elegance Bratton, who draws from his own story to create one of the most moving portraits of black queer masculinity since Moonlight.”
The film is also receiving fanfare on social media from those who were able to see it at the Toronto International Film Festival. Have a look.
Just watched #TheInspection by A24, written and directed by Elegance Bratton and based on his experience as a gay man who joins the Marines in search of an afterlife purpose and is rejected by his mother. A very moving and riveting drama featuring a tremendous performance from Jeremy Pope. #TIFF22 pic.twitter.com/HA1jRbGu3ISeptember 9, 2022
Gabriel Union. Jeremy Pope. Raul Castillo. Taking his A-game to #TheInspection. A heartwarming drama that strikes all the right chords. I loved it…and the world will too. Elegance Bratton… an artist is born before us. #TIFF22 pic.twitter.com/8z6sZxXlrLSeptember 9, 2022
The inspection cast
Starring Ellis French, the man determined not to be broken by a system or his mother, is Jeremy Pope. Many audiences became familiar with Pope from his Emmy-nominated work on hollywood playing Archie Coleman. Since then he has gone on to star one night in miami as Jackie Wilson and Christopher in Pose.
Joining Pope on screen as his harsh and critical mother, Inez French, is Gabrielle Union. It’s quite interesting that Union plays a mother who doesn’t approve of her son’s sexuality, because in real life she is a strong supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and has often celebrated her stepdaughter Zaya Wade. The veteran actress has appeared as Isis in Go aheadas Sidney Burnett in The best of Los Angelesas Mary Jane Paul in being mary jane and recently as Zoey Baker in the cheaper per dozen Redo.
Completing the rest of the main cast is Raúl Castillo (Hustle), McCaul Lombardi (Port Authority), Aaron Dominguez (Only murders in the building), Eman Esfandi (king richard), AubreyJoseph (cloak and dagger), Andrew Kai (FBI: Most Wanted) and Bokeem Woodbine (aura).
The inspection trailer
Watching the trailer will make most people immediately rally behind Ellis’s character and root for him to succeed.
The Director of Inspection
Elegance Bratton not only served as director of The inspection, but also wrote the script. His previous work as a director includes Disney’s Growing and the documentary pier kids.