Reel Reviews | Origin

by Tim Gordon

For the first time in the podcast’s 14-year history, we devote an entire episode to a single film, Ava Duvernay’s magnum opus, Origin.

Grappling with tremendous personal tragedy, writer Isabel Wilkerson (Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor) sets herself on a path of global investigation and discovery as she writes Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.

This film, part history lesson, part global journey features the brilliant Ellis-Taylor, Niecy Nash-Betts, and Jon Bernthal in a film that critic Tim Gordon describes as a “punch to the soul.”

Joined by critics Charles Kirkland, Jr. and T.T. Stern-Enzi, the crew takes a deep dive into the film, its stars, and celebrated writer/director.

Origin is in theaters on January 19, 2024.

Check out the extended review, below: