In the current political climate we are living in, the voice of Spike Lee is needed more than ever. The New York director has made movies that constantly speak to audiences about the state of race relations, class warfare, and what it means to be a black person in America. Do the Right Thing still speaks to us about what the correct course of action is when injustice exists. Malcolm X captures the emergence of a great voice, in a community rising against mistreatments and a stacked deck in their own country. Crooklyn painted a romantic look at growing up as a black kid in Brooklyn, something that audiences could only experience through Spike Lee’s vision. And still today, that voice strikes hard like a sledgehammer, and in the form of his newest cinematic achievement-BlacKKKlansman. What better time for Lee to re-emerge to greatness then now? Not by just telling us to “Waaaake up!” as he has countless times before, but instead to tell us exactly how it is. This time, Spike Lee is not messing around. He is pulling the hood off white supremacists, telling the “fo-sure real shit” story of police officer Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) who infiltrated the KKK in the 1970’s.
I can only get behind a movie that has a message about kindness, encourages others to use their imagination, and asks us to find an appreciation for the things that truly matter in life. That movie is Disney’s Christopher Robin, a live-action portrayal of the A. A. Milne characters, about the boy who spent his childhood days in the hundred acre wood with friends, Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, and the rest of the gang. Young Christopher loved his furry friends, until he grew up, and all of his fun was sucked out of him by his mundane job. Director Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, World War Z) brings Pooh to life and manages to find a chubby little cuddly message, reminding kids to go out and play, and hoping adults will stay forever young. Christopher Robin is one movie that might be sweeter than honey.
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