Jacob Latimore is one of the rising stars in Hollywood that is quickly making a name for himself. He's been in a number of films such as Black Nativity, Ride Along, and Collateral Beauty. It doesn't stop there. He's also both a great singer and dancer. Most recently, Latimore is starring in the film, #Sleight as the movie's lead character.
Jacob plays "Bo," a young man living in a dangerous neighborhood. With both parents out of the picture, it's up to Bo to provide for both himself and his sister. He resorts to using street magic and drug dealing to find a way out of the neighborhood. That is, until things get very dangerous.
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I was fortunate enough to speak to Jacob Latimore about Sleight. In the interview I mentioned to him that the comparison was out there that Sleight is "Chronicle meets Iron Man." Jacob didn't really agree with that comparison.
Jacob Latimore: "I mean I guess they said 'Iron Man' because of the hand gestures. I never really liked the Iron Man comparison because I felt ['Iron Man'] was so much more animated than ['Sleight'].
Jacob Latimore: "I mean I definitely love the 'Chronicle' comparisons because 'Chronicle' was about this relatable teenager who just had these weird powers."
Eman: You think maybe they were reaching a little bit with that comparison?
Jacob Latimore: "Yeah, I think this movie is much more subtle. It's not so 'stick your chest out and call me Superman.' So I definitely feel like it relates to 'Chronicle' much more."
Having seen Sleight, I can see where Jacob is coming from. The film's core story really isn't anything like Iron Man at all. For example, while Tony Stark is a billionaire, "Bo" (Latimore's character) is a poor kid living in the inner city. Bo does street magic and sells drugs. Stark doesn't believe in magic and formerly sold weapons. So there are some notable differences that make the movies very different in nature.
However, there are some noticeable similarities as well. Beyond just the similar hand gestures Jacob mentioned, you also have the secret to Bo's magic. I won't spoil "Sleight", but both Bo and Stark are tech geniuses. I'll just say that when you discover Bo's tech and how he's implemented it, then you'll immediately notice the connection with Tony Stark and how he uses his tech as well.
Personally, I think that Sleight was able to stand on its own as an original movie. It does of course have the smell of a superhero movie origin in some regard. While it's not intentionally set up to be that way, it could easily be the inspiration for one. Check out the related articles below to see more.
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You can watch my full interview with Jacob Latimore here: