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Colorado Springs, late 1970s. Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer, and Flip Zimmerman, his Jewish colleague, run an undercover operation to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.
|Studio :||Legendary Entertainment, Blumhouse Productions, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks,|
|Crew :||Art Department Coordinator, Art Direction,|
|Cast :||John David Washington Adam Driver Laura Harrier Topher Grace Jasper Pääkkönen|
|Genre :||Drama Comedy Crime|
Each character in this movie — down to the smallest one — is an individual rather than a type, prone to spontaneous changes of mood and sometimes amusing outbursts of pettiness or ill humor.
All of these films share one commonality, that being a kind of emotional center that humanizes a cast of monsters.
Someday, there will be a great movie made about this unbelievably true story. Unfortunately, this isn't that movie. Curiosity about this little known but interesting tale, and the relevance of the story to the times we live in, will bring the crowds in to watch the film. But other than these, the movie doesn't have much going for it. The screenplay, acting and direction were very average, and it is very likely that if this movie were made in more 'normal' times, the whole affair would be very forgettable. Some positives were: I thought John David Washington (Ron Stallworth) and Adam Driver (Phil Zimmerman, aka white Ron Stallworth) acted well, and displayed good acting chemistry between them. The nightclub sequence with the dance played out well, and conveyed the racially charged yet simpler times of the 70s quite well. Topher Grace (David Duke) played the role well - his sophistication and polished language a sharp contrast to the rest of the simple and menial fools that make up the KKK in this film. Other than these, the rest of the characters were pretty forgettable. The KKK and its member-characters do not deserve to be portrayed as more than one-dimensional shallow hicks in even the most thoughtful movie, and so that was fine. But somehow, they did not really convey the sense of dread and disgust they were supposed to, and came across more like villains more appropriate for a Dumb and Dumber than a film centered on a detestable sentiment like white supremacy. Secondly, the rest of the cast just seem like caricatures through the film, due to lazy writing that never really explores any possibilities with them. For instance, the wife of one of the clan members, Patrice (black student union president, and John's love interest through the film) and racist cops at the station - there were opportunities to make these characters more life-like and believable, but the movie squanders these roles. It also did not help that aside from Patrice, most of the smaller characters did not act well (especially the clan guys and said wife of one of the members). The build-up and climax were disappointing, and while the movie invested a lot in building up towards the final scenes, the way it all winds down is pretty anti-climactic and incomplete. Again, lazy writing? Or was poetic justice not the point of the film (but then, what was?) Lastly, it was disappointing to hear references to current times (e.g. David Duke saying 'it is time to really Make America Great Again' on the phone, references to how America while never elect a racist to the White House, etc.) as these seem like little more than cheap tricks in the overall scheme of things. And it was a bit of a cop out to end the film with footage from Charlottesville: Were we expected to indulge in a goofy story that never really did justice to the gravity of the topic at hand, and then suddenly flip to more serious emotions at the end when confronted with the truth? The movie, if done well, could have stood on its own, without requiring these gimmicks.
Perfect timing for release with the craziness with the POTUS and the White House. Has enough "comedy" to make it fun for such a serious topic. Great performances from everyone. A bit confusing at the end but that's how the real story went....interesting how this film holds up over time.
I would be surprised if this movie didn't snag a best movie nomination. The disparate ratings for this movie seem to be par for the course for movies with a strong political bent, in these supercharged times. But this is a well crafted movie with a strong but not well known cast. The adapted screenplay and cinematography are first rate, and some of the scenes are imposing. One in particular, members of the local kkk watching the 1915 Birth of a Nation film was stomach churning. There was a scene where a police sargeant challenged the assertion by the black officer that America would never elect a person like David Duke to the presidency. As current eventshave shown we are capable of that and more. This is a movie that should be talked about.
First off I'll say that seeing Jordan Peele's name on the credits and the trailer set my standards really high. And for the first half or so the film genuinely did seem interesting. There's no real conflicting values going on. As soon as Ron's love interest starts to question him, he just gives his view and they walk off. And then after the explosion, they're happy again. What. At the initial rally with the black activist it seemed like a genuine internal moral conflict would start to brew, with the way the scene was paced and the great acting from Corey Hawkins. But nope, nothing was jeopardized; nothing happened. Every single time something seems to go wrong everyone just walks it off. The lack of character development was just plain annoying.The pacing was just awful as well. When the car with the klansmen was driving to the house near the end, there was no change in music, or even camera angles. They give you this enormous build-up with the whole meeting with David Duke and the seemingly botched plan, but it only ends up with an explosion that solves the whole problem. No sense of suspense or intensity at all, even though there was a bloody bomb involved. The scene was saved when the police mistook Ron for a rapist, but again, the scene was too slow and there was no atmosphere. What I thought was the climax with the old man's story once again didn't end with anything. I feel like this film was just taking the piss out of my expectations and robbing me of any enjoyment.And yeah, I did expect a stylish, fast-paced Tarantino-esque flick. But that's not even the issue. Everything is SO in-your-face, there's no interpretation left to the viewer, no hidden message or symbolism. The dialogue just straight up tells the audience what's going on. No sense of mystery, suspense or viewer involvement.And then the last part with the current footage was just milking it. Maybe it's because I don't live in the US. but it was just such an awkward watch, especially the flag bit. I'm surprised that was really the only violent part of the film.I think more people are too concerned with the message (which is of course legitimate and current), that they forget about actually being entertained. Before you accuse me of being racist, I myself am coloured and I ENJOY watching these types of films. This was just poor. There are much better movies out there.