Movie Review – The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

The Last Black Man in San Francisco, 2019.

Directed by Joe Talbot.

Starring Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan, Tichina Arnold, Danny Glover, Mike Epps, Mari Kearney, Tonya Glanz, Thora Birch, and Finn Wittrock.


A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.

Director Joe Talbot and his leads Jimmie Fails (a childhood friend of the first-time filmmaker and whose life experience The Last Black Man in San Francisco is based on) and Jonathan Majors are going to be the breakout stars of this achingly moving tale of sentimental value, gentrification, juxtaposed friendships, property, and the highs and lows of modern-day San Francisco, but cinematographer Adam Newport-Berra and composer Emile Mosseri deserve just as much recognition and inevitable end-of-year accolades, if not more.

Unfamiliarity with the everchanging city likely adds a great deal to the atmosphere, but even San Francisco residents will
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