From her shelter she watches as life passes her by until the village is liberated from the Nazi. This is an underdog movie and you'll be rooting for the Wiley College team throughout the movie. The acting is marvelous by all the actors, but recognition has to be given to the three stars that portray the debaters, Denzel Washington, and Forest Whitaker. I wouldn't be surprised if it gets a few Oscar nods. Denzel Whitaker as the innocent, curious James Jr. Smollett's performance is the ignored performance worthy of consideration for awards of 2007. The rating says it all: excellent.
This is a true superior work on the actor's resume. Never trying to be the cliche coming of age tale of student-teacher relationship that becomes like a bad aftertaste like past efforts, as Mona Lisa Smile; the film takes a high road to transform its narrative into a beautiful canvas for Washington to paint on like forgotten masterpieces like Stand and Deliver and Dead Poet's Society. That learning lies not just in knowledge but also in applying that knowledge to better yourself, your world, and all of humanity. The performances, or the cinematography, historical care, or directorship all lift it out of the ordinary. Many factors help her: memories from the life swept away by war, the cultural foundations laid by the parents and a friend who saves her from loneliness. I say this because: 1 The acting is remarkable. Washington's achievement here is pulling the performances of this new, unknown young actors.
You don't have to be black to find this film engrossing; I'm not. Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker, and Kimberly Elise are all stunningly good 2 The cinematography is very well done and the score is beautifully and uplifting. Forest Whitaker doesn't have a huge role to play, but he performs his parts beautifully for example the hog and the sheriff scenes. Tolson Denzel Washington teaches at the predominately black Wiley College in 1935 Texas. I have not seen Antwone Fisher, but I will be sure to check it out after seeing this. It just happens to be about a difficult period in American history, the rural South in the 1930's.
Not glossing as much as Clint Eastwood and Kevin Costner past works, Washington does an admirable effort and takes the supporting role yes it's supporting and acts as the film's right hand man. But it's better than uplifting. Forest Whitaker, like Washington an academy award winner, plays James Farmer Sr. Not expecting too much from last year's Oscar winner Forest Whitaker probably helped him in watching the film. Before watching this, I had never even heard about Wiley College or what it did in the '30s, so not only is it great entertainment but it is also educational.
Bomba's production design is quite easy on the eye and captures the era of tyranny and persecution. I don't know how closely the movie follows the actual events so I can't point out the flaws, but it doesn't matter because the movie is brilliant and moving. The very significant point of the film is at the end. Adding his charisma, potency, and veteran thespian persona, the film is a success. While at first he butts heads with the influential father Forest Whitaker of one of his best debators, eventually he is able to form a team of strong-minded, intelligent young students, and they become the first black debate team to challenge Harvard's prestigious debate champions. In the end it's the tenacious performance by the beautiful Jurnee Smollett that holds the emotional premise of the film together.
It's an amusing coincidence, but he is unrelated either to Denzel Washington or to Forrest Whitaker. Smollett's debate speeches are felt with every word, every expression, and every influential command. It reminds us of what it means to be excellent, to stand for something good, to love with all our hearts, and to shine. Not only is Denzel great as an actor, he is even better as a director. These would be: a the black people in the south in the 1930s b little Wiley collage especially when they are vs Harvard c the 14 year old boy James P. Cast: , , , , , , , Director: Genres: Docudrama Production Co: Harpo Films Distributors: Weinstein Co.
The mother covers up Anna with her own body, and the girl miraculously survives. Nate Parker in a momentous breakthrough performance indulges the audience as Henry, the angry young college student dealing with the inequalities of African-Americans in the South. It is a great story, based on real events that most of us never heard of, about a debating team from Wiley College, a small black institution in rural Texas, that performs extraordinary feats because the kids are good and the team is taught by Mel Tolson, a real person, acted by Denzel Washington, who also directs. And in its difficult subject: racial tension and the education and discovery of values by the three young debaters from Wiley College, one of the oldest colleges in America, it creates real excitement and interest. Not only dealing the racial barrier, but the barrier of being a woman, a woman running away from her past and trying to settle into a world dominated by the differences of her own. You are going to love it.
In his sophomore effort, actor-director Denzel Washington has created one of the best films of the year, The Great Debaters. Adapted from a Tony Scherman article by Robert Eisele and Jeffrey Porro, the film follows an astonishing pace and never forcing anything down the audience's throat rather, uses images and manifestations for its armor. All you need to be is a a human being and b someone who appreciates a good movie. It has multiple underdog themes which when watching, you root so much for the underdog it actually hurts :. But the real reason that this is a fine film lies in is its plea that in education lies the reasoning, the power, and the will to change history. Whitaker reminds the viewer of how great he was for years before The Last King of Scotland. As other reviewers have said, out of all the actors Denzel Whitaker is the star.