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DETROIT: Movie Review

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DETROIT. The story is riviting and told from a point of high tension that remained on and turned up through the entire film. The camerawork – which reminded me at times of some of Katherine Bigalow‘s previous direction – lent to the pressure on screen and allowed this film to feel a bit like a ‘War Movie’, which, in a way, it is.

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The production quality was top par and everything seen on the screen from the realistic riots to the impeccable Costume Design (who did that and where did they get all those clothes?!) was incredible!

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Which brings me to the characters and perfomances – most of which I would give VERY high marks. I was very impressed with the cast – and casting – primarily made up of people I had never seen or heard of – and I see a great many films and movies.

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One larger character: Black Folks – as a Collective People, weren’t given a great deal to do – or say. We were seen as mistreated and unfairly treated. As angry and overwrought. As violent and opportunistic.

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Without the intellectual content that often sparks an emotional connection (more empathetic, more sympathetic or at least more understanding) for viewers who may not have been around in those days, didn’t learn much about it or just don’t understand, “… why are y/our people so violent”.

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I’m not bothered by anything in this film, specifically. I just found it jarring that we went from zero to Six-Sixty – from breaking up a juke joint and taking a perp walk to breaking locks and taking bicycles and typewriters.

A bit more of and about the reasons and reasoning behind the riotous uprisings of the 1960′s (1990′s and 2000′s) could have been given more context. That became trivial as the film rolled on and grew.

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I would highly recommend DETROIT to any/all of “Us” – and to a great many others. With the caveat that they should be prepared to be upset, sad and angry. A lot of tension (and hand-held camera) and could perhaps use another edit. The acting performances and tech work were more than solid and the film itself was very, very well done.

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Review by Jason Sugars jason(at)fusicology(dot)com

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DETROIT Motion Picture Soundtrack with original architects of Motown Sound + The Roots ft. Bilal

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Motown Records releases DETROIT Original Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring original architects of the immortal ‘Motown Sound’ as well as a new song from GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum hip-hop icons The Roots entitled It Ain’t Fair(feat. Bilal).” 

‘It Ain’t Fair’ was designed to emphasize the importance of social justice through the prism of late-sixties Detroit, which means many things culturally and politically, and also certain things musically,’ says The Roots drummer and producer Questlove.

 

From Kathryn Bigelow, two-time Academy Award®- winning director of THE HURT LOCKER and ZERO DARK THIRTY, and Annapurna Pictures, DETROIT captures one of the most terrifying events during the riots that took place over five tumultuous summer days in 1967.

“It’s been fifty years since the events of this film, but the powerful images I saw on the screen reminded me that we’re still going through the same things now,” says Questlove. “That knowledge produces anger, but not despair: music has the power to express both anguish and hope.”

The DETROIT Original Motion Picture Soundtrack captures light amidst one of America’s darkest times by illuminating the power at the heart of the Motown, Detroit, and late sixties cultures all at once. It’s the sound of change in the face of oppression and a moment of revolution brought to life in song and on screen.

“We’re honored and excited to work on such an important and special project as DETROIT,” says Motown Records president Ethiopia Habtemariam. “The music from this soundtrack highlights the ‘Classic Motown Sound’ which is a beautiful accompaniment to the story of tumultuous times in 1967 as well as the struggles we face within society today.”

WATCH QUESTLOVE DISCUSS THE ROOTS’ SONG HERE

OFFICIAL MOVIE TRAILER

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TRACK LISTING

  •  If You Haven’t Got Love – The Dramatics
  •  Jimmy Mack – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  • Baby Bunny (Sugar Honey) – Jerry Williams
  • Your Precious Love – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • Till Johnny Comes – Brenda Holloway
  • Larry’s Rescue – James Newton Howard
  • It Ain’t Fair (feat. Bilal) – The Roots
  • Devil’s Gotten Into My Baby – The Devotions
  • The Cream Of The Crop – Lee Rogers
  • All Because Of You – The Dramatics
  • Larry’s Alone – James Newton Howard
  • Grow – Algee Smith
  • Heaven Must Have Sent You – The Elgins
  • I Want To Talk About You – John Coltrane

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