Uncorked (2020) - IMDb

Uncorked is a Netflix film featuring Courtney B. Vance, Mamoudou Athie and Niecy Nash in a family drama of a son and the expectations of his father and how those expectations clash with what the son wants for his life.

Elijah (Mamoudou Athie) worked at his father Louis’ (Courtney B. Vance) Memphis BBQ restaurant, which had been passed down from father to son for a generation.  Elijah, however, was not looking at having the restaurant passed to him.  Instead, he wanted to become a master sommelier, which is an expert on wine.  Elijah’s choice to go to school began causing issues with his work at the restaurant and this led to conflict with his father.

The relationship between Louis and Elijah reminded me very much of my own relationship with my late father so there were moments that really spoke to me in Uncorked.  The mother, played by Niecy Nash, wonderfully by the way, was a fun and remarkably engaging character.

With good performances, the film is strong.  I will say that it did drag a little bit in the middle.  I do not drink wine so I did not know or relate much to it.

I also must say that the film had a couple of well done twists that take the story in a path that you do not expect.  Though there are some predictable bits in it, there are also some moments that you do not expect.  I did like the ending to this film as I did not expect it and I wanted to have it end differently.  Thinking back, I liked the end very much, but as I was watching it, I wanted the situation to be different.

This is one of the better recent releases from Netflix.

3.3 stars

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