Say what you want, but this movie was fire…
I remember when I first found out about the movie. An actress that I like, Laura Harrier, was cast in it and I was excited for it. But, when I heard what the movie was actually about, I was still intrigued, but in a different sense.
We all know those people that go see movies just because their favorite celebrity is in it… The movie may look really good and they’ll say, “you know that actually looks like a good concept for a movie” and although that may true, part of the reason could also be because one of their favorite actors/actresses is in it. A lot of my friends do that and don’t worry, I’m not judging those people because I am also guilty of that. But for once, watching this movie was way more than that.
Going in, I knew it was a Spike Lee film, and from everything my dad has talked to me about Spike Lee and how is films typically go, I knew I was definitely in for it. If you don’t know who Spike Lee is, he is a director, producer, writer, and actor best known for creating movies that heavily deal with controversies, such as racism and politics. Add on to the fact that Jordan Peele (director, writer, and producer of Get Out) was a producer for the movie, I knew it would be going to be something, to say the least. But you’re probably sick of reading an intro, so I’ll get into it.
This movie was actually funnier than I thought it would be. I’m not going to sit here and lie to you, I never saw the trailer. In fact, I just watched the trailer before I wrote this.
Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington) was a truly enjoyable character. He was the first black cop and detective in the Colorado Springs police department. I have to say, the voice Washington used to talk to the KKK was absolutely hilarious.
At first I assumed that the way he talked was using a “white voice.” But, after doing some research I found out that it’s actually an inappropriate term. By saying that, you are saying that the way white people speak is synonymous to how the english language is supposed to spoken and that how anyone else speaks it (for example, black people) is inherently wrong. But it’s not. We all speak differently and black people shouldn’t have to speak a certain way just to get that job in an over-the-phone interview. But moving on.
The actors that played the white supremacists did a phenomenal performance. They definitely had me hanging on the edge of my seat wondering what kind of crazy, idiotic crap they were going to do next (much like a lot of what people are doing today). I could definitely feel hatred bubbling up in my stomach. It fathoms me that people could actually believe that they are superior to someone else just because of the color of their skin. Maybe I just don’t get it because my people have been on the bottom for centuries…
The movie did a perfect job of paralleling the past with the future. Without too many spoilers, Stallworth said that there was no way America would elect someone like David Duke, a prominent leader in the KKK, in a high office (even though Trump is currently our president) and I can’t remember who said this, but it was stated that even then, black people were getting shot in the back in the street. You can tell that the same things happening in the past are still happening today and they made sure to make that very clear.
Overall, the movie was a big reminder, that although we may have taken a few steps forward, we have also taken many steps back with the current administration we have. It’s the rhetoric that Trump uses that causes so many problems currently. Take for instance, the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump said that there was “blame on both sides.” What type of crap is that?? There was a clear wrong side and as the President of the United States, you should be able to pick the right side and show to at least half the country that disagrees with white supremacy that they shouldn’t have to worry about bigots running them over with a car during a protest.
This movie has many themes, too many to get into, but one prominent theme is that the KKK is still very much alive and active. This movie was a call for America to wake the hell up. If we don’t actively try to change the situation we are in, then it’s only going to get worse. We could actually get someone worse than Trump, and believe me there are worst people out there than him, people that can actually give proper speeches, hold intelligent conversations, and secretly puts that great ole’ white hood on at night.
I hope you voted today because, if not, it’s only downhill from here…