‘Detroit’ Review

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There is certain subject matter that is hard to transfer into a film. Police brutality, police misconduct, and racism are a harsh reality that many people still deal with today. Detroit is a film that covers this subject matter during the events of the 1967 Detroit riot. More specifically, the Algiers Motel incident that took place during the night of July 25–26. Going into this film, I did not do any research about the film’s plot. I assumed that it was a purely fictional story set around the police brutality of Black people during the Detroit riots. The director, Kathryn Bigelow, does a great job at making you feel like you were in the situation with the characters. The film’s story was not one-sided in showing that all cops are bad. It showed that cops are people just like us. Yes, we saw a lot of bad cops in this film, but we also saw some who just wanted to help, some who did not want to be involved, and some who were just confused. We also got to see how the riots made some of the Black characters feel. Some Black people were just angry at the system that they lived in, some wanted to make sure that other Black people survived and did not do anything stupid, and some were just caught in the middle while trying to live their lives. I felt just as scared as the characters while sitting and watching the events unfold on the screen. I believe this was because Kathryn Bigelow knew exactly which camera angles to use to make the space feel tight, bringing on a feeling of claustrophobia for me as a viewer. This was very similar to the direction she used in her previous films, The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. The story of Detroit started out a little slow but picked up as the film progressed. I had to remind myself that this is a crime drama and not an action film as much of the “action” was driven by the situation and the dialogue. Each of the actors involved did a great job portraying their characters. This film is packed with great actors. There even a few cameos that I was not expecting. The standout of the film for me was Will Poulter. He disappeared into his role of the racist cop, Philip Krauss. He has come a long way from We’re the Millers and should continue to take more roles like this, as it can only benefit his career. John Boyega did great portraying Melvin Dismukes as well. For most of the film, I felt his character was unnecessary and shoehorned into the plot for the sake of adding star power. However, as the film progressed, I found out exactly why he was necessary to the plot. This wasn’t the starring role for Boyega that the trailers led me to believe, but he was still good inclusion to the film. Additionally, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, and Jacob Latimore had great performances as Robert Greene, Larry Reed, and Fred Temple. Detroit is a film that can be hard to watch at times, but you have to power through. There were times where I felt sick to my stomach seeing what was being done to the characters while being interrogated by the cops. It wasn’t just the police brutality that made me feel this way. It was also the officer’s lack of compassion and irresponsibility of the justice system during that time period. Not knowing what would happen to characters by the end of the story had me on the edge of my seat with anticipation. I give Detroit a Decent 8.7/10. This film is a must watch as it reminds us that the issues of police brutality and racism we faced in the past are still present today. It is great to remind ourselves of how far we have come as a country and how much more we can do to continue to improve. Only together can we move forward as a nation!

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‘Django Unchained’ Review

 

Sorry guys I’ve been without internet for a while so I haven’t been able to write my reviews. Good thing I haven’t seen but two movies since Thanksgiving as well. With that being said its time to review the most badass movie to ever come out on Christmas Day, Django Unchained! Quentin Tarantino has once again delivered on a great film. The stories he comes up with are always filled with colorful characters who have rich and sometimes mysterious backgrounds. The film is about a bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz who teams up with the slave Django to help him locate and kill the Brittle Brothers for their bounty. Now from the trailers, you would have thought that the entire movie would be about them finding said Brittle Brothers, yet we actually find out that most of the plot is about Django and Schultz locating the former’s wife Broomhilda. I won’t reveal too much past that as to give away the entire story. Jamie Foxx shows off his tremendous acting chops while playing Django. His character felt real in so many ways and embodied the spirit of what one would do for the person he loves. His banter with Schultz was perfect making some of their talks hilarious even though very few words were spoken.  Speaking of which Christoph Waltz has to be my breakout star of this film. His portrayal of Dr. King Schultz was amazing. He played off of Jamie very well and embodied the comedic side of this movie. This is why he is up for an Academy Award. Now I have to give a tip of my hat to Leonardo DiCaprio. His portrayal of Monsieur Calvin Candie was great. Casting him for this film was the best thing they could have done as he knows how to act and avoid the need to for there to be a cut. I say this because I found out after watching this movie that something in a particular scene involving Broomhilda was improved and boy was it stunning. Of course, the man Samuel L. Jackson did his part as Stephen the head house nigga. Watching him reminded me of Uncle Ruckus from The Boondocks. Actually, the entire movie reminded me of “The Story of Catcher Freeman” from that very same show. Noting the fact that Schultz tacks on the last name Freeman to Django when introducing him. All in all, this was an excellent film. The only minus I could think of is that it was long and I could tell while watching. Still, that doesn’t stop this film from being the best closer to the year 2012. I give Django Unchained an Excellent 10/10! And remember the “D” is silent!