The new animated film from Netflix entergalactic is entirely and wholeheartedly the work of Kid Cudi. Not just in the fact that he helped write/produce/voice and star in it, but it feels like a visual recreation of all that his music represents. When a film is so intertwined with a musical artist as entergalactic With Kid Cudi, the end product feels more like a music video or mashup than an actual movie. Especially with its episodic nature, reminiscent of an album’s tracklist, and the fact that Kid Cudi released an album to accompany the film, it seemed inevitable that the film wouldn’t eclipse the aforementioned trap. but entergalactic ends up feeling like a real movie rather than something insubstantial because it comes from Kid Cudi’s mind rather than his music.
It’s difficult to properly quantify the influence of Kid Cudi, given name Scott Mescudi, has an impact on the modern music scene, especially hip-hop, since practically any statement would fail to have an effect. The Cleveland native is influenced by a number of classic hip-hop acts, but the way he draws from Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana and MGMT has transformed the genre into a whole new one since its breakthrough in the late 2000s direction catapulted. Not only can Kid Cudi’s psychedelic, atmospheric sound be felt throughout modern hip-hop, but his introspective lyrics and transparency about mental health issues have propelled the genre in a more vulnerable and endearing direction. And the same qualities that made so many fall in love with his music characterize this on-screen adventure.
The music ties into the film
That’s obvious entergalacticThe protagonist of is a stand-in for Mescudi himself. The musician’s character, Jabari, is a New York City street artist who just signed a deal with a comic book company to put his signature graffiti character, Mr. Rager, on the pages, though The film’s lifeblood is a poignant love story between Jabari and his neighbor. The character’s drug use is heavy, something Kid Cudi has revealed as a problem in his own life. Jabari wears a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt and has a Nirvana poster hanging in his apartment. Even Mr. Rager is the subtitle of Kid Cudi’s second studio album and a character that runs throughout his story. It may seem rampant to have the protagonist of a work you’re so steeped in as a proxy for yourself, but it shows that the film embodies the same introspection that has made Kid Cudi’s music so personal and vulnerable.
As a result, entergalactic exudes the necessary personality to make it feel like a real story. The characters feel fully fleshed out and aren’t just sketches, each of them is funny in a way that makes it feel like there’s a backstory behind every joke, rather than just actors reading lighthearted jokes from a page. The film is effortlessly cool and exudes the gentle energy everyone imagines runs through the veins of the people we hope to become. But it becomes a fully realized Kid Cudi project, as the comedy and charm are imbued with his signature stab of existential dread. Jabari is a character of immense talent and personality, but is plagued by a sense of cosmic loneliness. Behind the graffiti and obscured by weed smoke is a man who can feel that his inner doubts and turmoil make sadness inevitable, hopeless to the point where he doesn’t know if he deserves the happiness he desires. With Jabari serving as Mescudi’s sketch of himself, the film can’t help but feel substantive. It’s impossible for the narrative threads to go razor-thin as they take us from one song to the next, because Kid Cudi’s art aims more at conveying the inner workings of his own brain than at creating anything commercial.
It may also seem worrying that there are so many Mondays entergalactic, and almost all of them are played to a song from the film’s companion album. Montages often blur human sensations and let the music take center stage, so their repeated use is worrying as the film attempts to stand out as something essential. Kid Cudi’s music has always been atmospheric, with his frequent humming in favor of lyrics even becoming something of a trademark. and entergalactic adopts this type of style where a psychedelic feel often obscures the transparency, and the music plays an important role in creating that atmosphere.
What sets Entergalactic apart
But what prevents this from being a mortal sin is that the aura is far from just sound. There are plenty of atmospheric beats in the film while no Kid Cudi track is playing in the background. The animation is just as focused on creating atmosphere as the soundtrack. Its visual signature is as if Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse popped a tablet of acid, trading in the comic book flourishes for something a little more psychedelic. The characters look as if they are carved from expressionist cloth, lush shades overflowing with emotion even when lying on sofas or in bed. Buildings and landscapes are stained with purples and pinks straight from the cosmos. And most montages are accompanied by hallucinogenic sequences that shake up movements that otherwise feel like they’re being painted frame by frame. The visuals are almost entirely there to create a mood for the characters to anchor themselves in, ensuring that the atmosphere the film seeks to immerse itself in isn’t just evoked by the soundtrack.
The final nail in the coffin of manufacture entergalactic more than just a music mashup is the plethora of subplots running through the veins of the film. The film brings energy to the city of New York, breathing life and color into a city often portrayed as desolate. A minor character monologues about wanting to show the brightness of the Big Apple, and it’s easy to imagine Mescudi writing those lines from the heart. Jabari struggles with his own artistic integrity as he attempts to turn Mr. Rager into a comic book, and wonders if he must sacrifice his vision for the character if he is to succeed. It is a tug-of-war between artistic and economic sensibility that every artist experiences. And there’s an ongoing critique of love’s commodification, filtered through recurring mentions of a fictional dating app, commentary on the practices and politics of modern romantics. The rom-com’s main storyline and Jabari’s character portrayal offer plenty to digest around the intertwining of love and self-worth, but it’s the subplots that ensure Mescudi’s film doesn’t feel like it’s playing a note the whole time.
It is perhaps more appropriate to say so entergalactic is solely Scott Mescudi’s project and not Kid Cudi’s. Sure, it features so much music by the artist and has one of his albums to accompany it. But it is much more the work of a man than a musician. The music populates the margins of the film because Kid Cudi is the best artist to express how Mescudi feels and sees the world. It’s a film that never feels like it has an asterisk next to it, footnotes next to the subtitles. It feels like a real movie because it’s not overwhelmed with music but with how Mescudi can best communicate what he needs to say.
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