Uncorked is about a young man who wants to become a master sommelier. Elijah, the main character, struggles between making the decision of helping his dad with the family BBQ business or pursuing his passion, wine. Elijah is met with opposition from his dad. Elijah's dad Louis played by Courtney B Vance, is a tough, stubborn, hardworking, family-orientated man. Louis seems jealous of his son's dreams and dismisses Elijah's potential. He tries his best to not help his son do anything other than taking over the family business. Sylvia, Elijah's mom, is played by Niecy Nash. Sylvia believes in Elijah and encourages him to pursue any dream that makes him happy.
Elijah ultimately decides to pursue becoming a sommelier. While pursuing his passion, Elijah must go back to school, work, and study harder than ever before. While it may seem like an easy task, Elijah is met with many obstacles such as unforeseen tragedy, funds running low, and confidence fading. Circumstances change, and he begins to second guess his decision and needs some love and support.
It was interesting to get a glimpse into the wine business. It was encouraging to see a black man wanting to pursue a career as a sommelier. It was a different storyline but a good one. The film displayed the disconnect between the vision of what a parent believes is best for a young adult finding their way vs. what the young adult actually wants.
Niecy Nash and Courtney B. Vance play the perfect combo as the duo felt natural as husband and wife. Their personalities are total opposites, but the blend is executed flawlessly. Louis is an old-fashioned, no-nonsense grump while Sylvia is a sassy, encouraging, nurturing mom. Watching Nash and Vance was refreshing. Mamoudou Athie (Elijah) is a talented actor whose body of work will be one to look out for. His expressions helped me as a viewer, genuinely understand how he was feeling even if he didn't speak it.
The music was admirable and appropriate. I love the cast chosen for this movie. Uncorked made me laugh, cry, and inspired me. The one thing I didn't like about this movie was the ending. I wish the film would have shown what all Elijah's hard work leads up to him, ultimately achieving. Overall, Uncorked was a good movie, and I would unquestionably recommend it.