Somehow this isn’t the worst movie I’ve seen this month. It’s like The Room with production value and a lot less enthusiasm. So, you know... just bad.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It would be really interesting to see how OUATIH would fare without the Sharon Tate scenes. As far as plot goes, the scenes are fairly inconsequential, but they seem pretty integral to the movie. The movie isn’t about plot; it’s about a time and place. Tate does so much to put a sheen on the film, I almost wonder if Tarantino is too reliant on her. The film has Tate pulsing the movie straight along, keeping us in the here…
Taken as it is, I’d say it’s like 3-3.5 stars. But films aren’t created in a vacuum, especially not when they’re “based on a true story”.
Boots Riley (director of “Sorry to Bother You”, vocalist for The Coup) pointed out so eloquently that the real Ron Stallworth was a p.o.s., hardly a single thing in the movie is accurate, and the investigation into white supremacist groups actually stifled black revolutionary groups, not the Klan.
Considering the volatility of police/race relations in the wake of Black Lives Matter, I’d think it shameful for Spike Lee to be involved in such a troubling film.
Trying to review this film is doing it an injustice. It's tender, it's real, it's gut-wrenching, it's heartbreaking, it's maddening, it's sad, it's happy... it's love.
After drying the tears from my eyes, I came to a realization. Riley Keough just went from a name I recognized to having one of the best performances I've ever seen.
Watch this film.
EDIT: I want to see more of these characters. I would be overjoyed if everyone involved was on board for revisiting them "Before Sunset/Midnight" style.
Also, new man crush: Cary Fukunaga.