Greater than "Racism in America", I feel that the Infectiousness of "Mob Mentality" is more the major theme at play in this film. More than right and wrong, good and bad; it's more of a matter normal people standing up and doing anything at all, rather than FOLLOWING the hoard.
This film doesn't sugarcoat anything, so if Amistad pissed you off or made you squeamish, this one won't make you feel much better about the state of the this country or the world. I'm going to go ahead and say it... Yes; watching films like Fruitvale Station, Amistad, 12 years a Slave, The Help, etc... Make you/Us, as a black person, hate white America for a few minutes, days, or weeks after watching. Its True. Contrarily, this film doesn't do that; it watches like the read of a well written book. Showing you all horrific aspects, allowing you to see a low point in our history from a complete 360 view. There aren't really sides to take, it's the telling of a horrific event and time that is unfortunately 100% relevant today. If we don't do something about it, it's going to always be relevant.
I love that no one "side", for lack of better term, is more villianized than the other. Kathryn Bigelow (KB) is female directorial gold (I've thought so since the Hurt Locker)... But there is one aspect that I am disappointed with. One tiny aspect that I feel needs more elaboration, more explanation and attention; I won't say what it is, because that would be a SPOILER! Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie, Ben O'toole, Jason Mitchell.. Holy performances!!!
I can't wait for the Oscar buzz! And if there is honest criticism (aside from "it's not her story to tell"), I would love to see/read it. Honestly. I'm sure you know what I mean. Some of those pseudo-afrocentric folks would love to give her (KB) flack because she's white. Well to that I say... I don't recall anyone fighting with her to tell this particular story. Do you? I'm pretty sure everyone involved was adequately compensated. Ava Duverney was super busy 🐾. And nobody wanted Tyler Perry to show up in a dress with his same "tokens" to tell this story... So, um.. STFU!
I enjoyed this film. I laughed exactly once, I cried twice, and for the remainder I sat with my mouth agape. By the end I just appreciated all of the non-black people in the theater who were as moved as I was.