Content Advisory: There are few swear words, racial slurs, lots of scary and intense violence, including a lynching, and also some uncomfortable scenes. Although there is no nudity, there is a bedroom scene. I watched an edited version that did not include this scene though.
Date watched: 2/8/19
Directed by: Denzel Washington
Content Rating: PG-13
Plot Summary: Based on the true story of a proffesor in Wiley Collage, Melvin B. Tolson, played by Denzel Washington. Melvin Tolson was the head of a debate team that rose to the top during the 1930’s and even won against Harvard.
My personal take: The story was great and left you feeling good. It contained scenes that were exciting, emotional, scary, and beautiful. The director did a great job in capturing the full spectrum of emotion in two hours. The acting was great and the story was powerful, though it was a little long, it didn’t feel that way, it kept you entertained the whole time.
Now, no movie is perfect and this one has a few mistakes of it’s own. There were a few factual errors, such as World War I being referred to by that name even though it would have been called the Great War because there hadn’t been a second one yet. Also they did not debate Harvard but instead they debated USC, When confronted about it Denzel Washington said that he used artistic licence because Harvard has a better name.
Although it isn’t perfect, it is certainly very good. It has a great message and is portrayed very well. I would recommend this to anyone who has some down time and or wants to learn more about that time period or the debate team.
Would I recommend this? Yes!