The summer of 2017 was a weak one for big budget movies with numerous disappointments including The Mummy, Baywatch, Transformers: The Last Knight and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Of course, there were also a few strong showings like Wonder Woman, Dunkirk and Spider Man: Homecoming, etc., but it was largely a weak season for films. Some of the best movies of the summer were less heralded offerings, including the ensemble drama Detroit.

Detroit is directed by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, and it stars John Boyega, Will Poulter and a solid cast of lesser known actors. This is a brilliant film period film on the Algiers Motel Incident during the 1967 Detroit Riots.  It is extremely well crafted and is socially relevant to this day.

Here are the Showstopper’s Fast Five Feelings on Detroit the movie.

  1. The cinematography is excellent and this film is a triumph in mood and atmosphere. You can feel the tension through the claustrophobic setting.
  2. The performances are universally excellent, especially with one of the best villains of the year played by Will Poulter as a racist police officer and Algee Smith as one of the tortured youths.
  3. It does a good job presenting the socioeconomic climate of the era and the racial turbulence that permeated in the culture.
  4. It manages to deliver a strong message without coming across as preachy or contrived. It obviously wants to convey that many of the troubling problems that existed at the time are depressingly still relevant. It does this through great acting and writing that get the viewer emotionally involved in the story and the fate of these characters.
  5. The set design makes the Algiers Motel another character in the film, and in the context of this horrifying story, it is almost like a haunted house. This movie is a perfect example of a movie utilizing a set to enhance characters, atmosphere and emotions of a movie.

Those are some brief points that stood out. To hear my full thoughts about this film, please click on the link below to check out the Red Carpet Movie Review of what may be the best movie of the summer of 2017.

-The Showstopper Shawn Valentino

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