The Big Cigar Review: True-Life Story On Black Panther Founder Falls Flat

Actor André Holland plays the political leader who planned an elaborate way to escape America for Cuba. The first two episodes of the Apple TV+ series are now streaming.

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The Big Cigar

Critic's Ratings

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2.5

Drama,Thriller

Release Date

May 17, 2024
 The Big Cigar Review True-Life Story On Black Panther Founder Falls Flat
? The Big Cigar Review: True-Life Story On Black Panther Founder Falls Flat

About The Big Cigar

It is a story too good to be true. In the newest Apple TV+ series The Big Cigar, Black Panther founder Huey P Newton, played by André Holland, puts forward an impossible plan to escape the clutches of the FBI and escape to Cuba. To do so, Newton enlists the help of Hollywood producer Bert Schneider (Alessandro Nivola) and results will surprise you at every turn.
Set in the mid-1970s at the height of the civil rights movement in the US, The Big Cigar delves into the prosecution Newton faced as a political activist. After he is targeted for being involved in a murder of a teenage prostitute, Newton plans an escape route with Hollywood help, that fails at every level. The six-part series is based on Joshuah Bearman's magazine article. The writer also inspired the Oscar award winner Argo directed by Ben Affleck.
Despite the unfocused direction by Don Cheadle and unsatisfying action in The Big Cigar, the actors of the period drama are convincing in their performances. Moonlight star Holland is wonderfully effective as the famed leader, but the series is more interested in the Hollywood angle of this tale, dulling the impact of what was happening to Newton at the time. Nivola is also fantastic as the inspired producer Schneider whose thinks up the crazy plan.
The Big Cigar ends up being a show that can't find its tone, veering towards dark comedy at times, while also trying to depict the seriousness of its times. The over-reliance on flashbacks in the series grows tiresome as well. The Apple TV+ series picks an angle on the story that's intriguing, for sure, but its execution leaves a lot to be desired.
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