NOELIA L.

Oftentimes, we go to the cinema for mere escapism, to be transported to a galaxy far, far away and immerse ourselves in the lives of others, but today it is about Kathryn Bigelow’s award-winning crime drama Detroit.

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Not only isn’t this film really about pain, it also overcomes the social temptation to make it about the emotional duress experienced by African-Americans during the riots of the late 1960s. It is only barely about the Algiers Motel Incident, in which three innocent black men were murdered and several others were assaulted and humiliated by three white police officers.

The duality of appearance is a significant theme of Detroit, with heroes in street clothes and villains often wearing a badge or military rank. But the reversal of our expectations isn’t as simple as the metaphorical if not literal expression of black and white. The cast is cohesive and honest; their performances are creating with authenticity and driven by a cause bigger than personal rewards.

Given the setting of the film, the music is incredible too –– and yet even the alluring sounds of our favourite Motown hits are sounded with a profoundity and bitterness, as it provides a sad contrast to what we’re seeing played out in front of us.

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Detroit is an important and thoughtful history reminder if not an outright lesson from fifty years ago. And in these times of Black Lives Matter and countless videos of police abusing and killing black men, it feels sadly prescient.

Genre: Crime drama.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow.

Original release: August 4, 2017.

Country: United States.

Awards: 4 NACP Image Award nominations.

Grade: A

All images are taken from Google.

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Raw, dark, human nature at its most natural. Whether it wins big or not (and much to  us ‘The Post’ fans’ disappointment, it might) Martin McDonagh’s latest hit has undoubtedly seduced both critics and moviegoers.

Set in the southern city of Ebbing, Missouri, this visceral punch in the gut sees McDormand as a weatherbeaten, toughest among tough woman who has lost her daughter to rape. Infuriated as the passive Police unit only lets time pass, she rents three billboards demanding to know why and as sadly expected, she only causes stirring among neighbors.

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Oscar winner Frances McDormand (Mildred Hayes) and the three controversial billboards

McDormand is stellar as Mildred Hayes, conveying the sheer pain such an event causes, especially when played out so absolutely publicly. She’s not the only one to receive a Globe, though, as her “favorite cowboys” Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson were also awarded and nominated respectively.