While it does have some political and social commentary, after all, it additionally has a vibrant and erotic ambiance. Mina and Demetrius’ sluggish stroll alongside the bayou the place they share an electrical first kiss, or their stroll alongside the seashore in Biloxi earlier than a sensual love scene are languid, lustful, and hazily dreamy. Washington’s physicality — from his decided walks, to a clench of the mouth, to an adjustment of his cap — makes Demetrius an actual, lived-in character.
Mina and Demetrius are a product of their household, associates, and traditions, and each wish to break away and have a brand new life with each other. Demetrius takes Mina dwelling for a cook-out, there’s an Indian marriage ceremony, a variety of dance kinds are proven, and the flashbacks to Uganda present additional layers to the advanced cultural context. The ending, the place Jay lastly returns to Uganda and realizes that it is not likely dwelling anymore, is very transferring. It’s so good to see Washington in a uncommon romantic position, and one from a girl’s perspective. “Mississippi Masala” is an absolute stand-out in his profession.