Originally Posted by FLMountainMan
THIS. Seems like another patronizing New Yorker take on the Southern magical negro.
But I'll still check it out.
I don't think the "magical negro" cliche applies at all. Generally, for that cliche to work the character has to be exceedingly wise and perceptive or actually magical AND use their abilities to assist the white main character. I didn't get that vibe and there are no white main characters. Also, I didn't think the film was patronizing. It portrays the citizens of the Bathtub as both admirable and deserving of derision and contempt. There's a complexity to the characters. For all the films sense of whimsy, I don't think any characters are elevated to being JUST symbols. Everyone's feet are on the ground.