Battle rap satire Bodied premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday night (September 7), packing a 1,200-seat auditorium with festival-goers, film critics and diehard fans of the battle scene.
In his introduction at the highly anticipated world premiere, director Joseph Khan cracked that the controversial film could possibly sink his career, as well as that of anyone involved in bringing it to the festival. But throughout the Eminem-produced film’s two-hour running time, a diverse cast of characters (many of them renowned battlers playing on archetypes from the actual subculture) spat what seemed like every racist, homophobic and misogynistic slur on Urban Dictionary, and somehow managed not to offend anyone.
Initial reviews from fans and critics have been overwhelmingly positive. Check out some reactions below:
— Paul Rosenberg (@rosenberg) September 8, 2017
— erickohn (@erickohn) September 8, 2017
3rd movie: Bodied. Yo. This movie. This shit is absolutely fucking BONKERS. Fucking loved it. The battle sequences are NUTS. #TIFF17
— nushakbes (@ShakExcellence) September 8, 2017
#Bodied is a demonically relentless battle rap satire AND an audacious interrogation of identity politics that puts fake wokeness on notice
— jen yamato (@jenyamato) September 8, 2017
— Ben Harrison @TIFF17 (@6BenHarrison) September 8, 2017
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) September 8, 2017
— Smash Traves (@smashtraves) September 8, 2017
— Sherry Li (@sherrys_world) September 8, 2017
— ferdosa @ TIFF (@atomicwick) September 8, 2017
— ethan ryan (@ethanisblank) September 8, 2017