The Best Of Enemies, an adaptation of Osha Gray Davidson’s nonfiction book about the unlikely friendship of the Durham, North Carolina activist Ann Atwater and the local Klansman-turned-labor-organizer C.P. Ellis, wastes no time telling us where its two main characters are supposed to be coming from. It’s 1971, and Atwater (Taraji P. Henson), a single mother and pugnacious advocate on behalf of the city’s poor black tenants (with a record of striking local white politicians on the back of the head), is trying to get the Durham city council to act against a slumlord who won’t even show his face. On the outskirts of town, Ellis (Sam Rockwell) presides over a meeting of the city’s KKK chapter as its “Exalted Cyclops” before piling into a car with a few of his most trusted redneck associates to shoot up a local woman’s porch in slow motion to the strains of Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou.” (At least he makes sure she’s upstairs before opening fire.) How are these two supposed to get along? And perhaps just as importantly: Why should they? Advertisement Considering cinema’s long history of sympathetically accommodating racist characters (and the role of a particular landmark of American film in… Read full this story
- Best tech for commuters
- 'Just get out there and try your bloody best'
- Caitlin McBride: 'Meghan Markle is her own worst enemy'
- Best reusable coffee cups: From glass to bamboo
- Facebook still its own worst political enemy
- Ramble in Romania: The best budget holiday this summer
- Pete Price: I make a brilliant friend but a very bad enemy
- The 11 best fights in Game of Thrones
- “Hadestown,” Cranston win big at Tonys, “Ferryman” best play
- ‘Hadestown’ captures 8 Tony Awards, including best musical
The Best Of Enemies have 287 words, post on film.avclub.com at April 4, 2019. This is cached page on VietMaz. If you want remove this page, please contact us.