I think as moviegoers, we want to see something engrossing and relatable and if it’s neither of those things — then it should at least be well-made.
I’m sure Detroit was powerful because Bigelow is a talented filmmaker. I’ve been a fan of hers and that hasn’t changed. My concern is with the fact that if the climate didn’t warrant a film like Detroit — she wouldn’t have bothered pitching it.
Black pain and the violence we endure is not entertainment. It’s real life. It can be dramatized for our benefit, but lately the sources have been sketchy. When White studio executives and an heiress decide to capitalize on this neverending trend — it feels shitty.
At least, that’s how I assess it.