The debut film by Stefon Bristol, See You Yesterday is an ambitious project that succeeds in providing a thought provoking and heartfelt sci-fi adventure abound with social commentary. The movie walks a fine line of featuring intriguing and meaningful messages while also being a goofy and comedic adventure.
The movie begins with C.J. and Sebastian (Eden Duncan Smith and Dante Crichlow), two best friends who embark on an ambitious science project: time travel. The pair are successful in inventing it, but in their shining moment tragedy strikes. C.J.’s brother Calvin (Astro) gets killed by police in a miscarriage of justice caused by Calvin and his friend being mistaken for the men who robbed a nearby bodega. While her family grieves Calvin’s death, C.J. is busy trying to prevent it using her new invention. In doing so C.J. and Sebastian run into several mishaps and close shaves, providing for a lighthearted but intense viewing experience.
the movie is essentially driven by C.J., which proves to be a great thing since Eden Duncan Smith really shines with this character. C.J. has a very unique character style; she’s clearly portrayed as a nerd, but at the same time one can tell that other characters look up to her and even admire her. The writers flip the nerd cliche on its head, not only by making the character well-liked, but also by making her respected. While playing this type of character must be a challenge, Smith does it so effortlessly that her character manages to blend into the film perfectly.
The movie starts off with a cheerful tone, with characters exchanging humorous banter and being overall happy. However, the story becomes more and more bleak each time the characters go back to try and save Calvin, as the viewer begins to realize every outcome possible ends with someone getting shot. As this truth becomes evident, one can see what the story is trying to convey to the audience, which is that if you are African American, there are some situations where death can not be avoided. It’s a disheartening theme, but it is one that’s important to address, and just like almost every other aspect of the movie, See You Tomorrow addresses it very well.