TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - October 12, 2018
If you go to the movies enough, you start to see trailers for movies that you would've sworn already came out. Such is the case with The Best of Enemies, a new film in which racist folk in the South learn the same lesson that racists have learned for years in film: African Americans are people too.
Based on a true story from early 1970s North Carolina, Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell star, respectively, as civil rights activist Ann Atwater and KKK leader C.P. Ellis, two people brought together by fate to help the court ordered school integration go smoothly. They're both good actors, but this is nothing we haven't seen them do a thousand times before.
Matter of fact, Rockwell just basically played this character and won an Oscar for his efforts in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I don't know what it is about Rockwell, but directors love casting him as a racist Southerner who learns a valuable lesson by the end of the film. I love that my favorite actor is getting work, I just wish it was in movies I hadn't seen a million times before.
Look, this was undeniably a pivotal time in history in which something monumental happened, but not everything needs to be a movie. This probably would've made a much better Lifetime movie where it could be appreciated by an audience with no discerning taste or concern over whether a movie is too similar to one they've already seen.
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