Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Great Debaters - Denzel does it.

Do I love Denzel Washington? Hm...let's see? Unequivocally, YES. Sure, people can come up with hundreds of reasons to knock him. Let them...but they can't knock this movie.

A story of a college debate team set in the 1930's. Led by poet and professor, Melvin B. Tolson. It starts with a quote from Langston Hughes and ends with citings of Gandhi and Thoreau. Perhaps not every fact is true...but that is why they say "based". More importantly, it makes anyone want to be better, behave better and be morally accountable, no matter what the circumstance. (Hopefully)

The cinematography was amazing, from mirroring weeping willows of Texas swamps to the dark wood of Harvard University. He found simplicity everywhere, and so many scenes didn't need to belabor the thought presented, no matter how poignant or powerful. The sentiments rang true without overly long pauses, hollywood-slow motion, or unecessarily dramtic music. Just watch "James Farmer" (Forest Whitaker) get hugged by his son and you will see what I mean.

If absolutely nothing else, and I assure you that there is much MORE "else".This movie presents new options to young black American women and men. It provides a prideful story of education, hard work, skepticism and change. A story not so often brought to the big screen. Unfortunatley, those slots are filled to the brim with absurd shows about steppin' your way out of the ghetto and such.

The Great Debaters. Go see it.

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