The Best of Enemies

Based on a true story, “The Best of Enemies” is centered around the unlikely friendship between Ann Atwater (Henson) an out spoken civil rights activist and C.P Ellis (Rockwell) a local Ku Klux Klan Leader. Together they both reluctantly co-chair a community committee that is centered on eliminating racism and desegregation of the schools in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina in 1971. The events that occur will change both of their lives and Durham, NC forever. The story unfolds from there…

The movie gets off to a really slow start and I was bored at first, but along the way it picked up steam and became not only interesting but comical. This is once again another movie with HUGH racial undertones.
Hollywood seems to like making these types of movies as they continue to enjoy award success (“Green Book” took home the Best Picture Oscar)

“The Best of Enemies” is no “Green Book”. In fact the best elements of “The Best of Enemies” is Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell. They both turn in excellent performances, but you will remember Taraji P.

The paid critics were ‘Luke-Warm” about “The Best of Enemies”. I think it’s worth a look.

This is a 3 Star Movie!!

Vice

Not on my original “Watch List”, “Vice” became a late entrant.

“Vice” is a depiction of Vice President Dick Cheney’s life starting from college up to and including his time as the Vice President of the United States.

The movie starts in 1963 in Casper, WY where Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) is having a rough time in college. He then ends up working as a Telephone Pole climber who repairs phone lines. In 1968 Dick Cheney gets his act together and enters into Political Life as an intern. During his internship this is where he meets Donald Rumsfeld (Steve Carell). Cheney’s connection with Donald Rumsfeld wets his appetite for Politics. Moving along the movie touches on the following Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and then in 2001 with President Bush and Obama’s election in 2008.

The main focus is the events and administration’s decisions that occurred after 9/11. The story unfolds from there…

The movie is not bad, but it does not focus in one area too long and that can cause confusion with the viewer. There is a lot of skipping around so you have to pay attention and sort of put the pieces together yourself.

I like Political-based movies when they are done well. “Vice” is just ok. I wanted to view it mainly because of the cast playing the roles. I wanted to see what they would do with what they were given. Needless to say it was interesting and also a bit dry.

This is a 2 1/2 Star Movie!!