It was pure coincidence that I watched the Trial 4 docuseries on Netflix which is about some corrupt police detectives right before writing this. Trial 4 made me super angry because I get frustrated at the justice system for making mistakes and then going out of their way to cover those mistakes up. Anyway, in the light of my frustration towards police detectives I picked a theme within a theme. Here are three movies about police detectives that are led by Black actors. They also happen to gradually jump genres, starting from comedy to dark comedy to a dark drama. Not sure why I keep making my lists more complex and explaining them… let’s just dive in.
I can’t believe this movie is 37 years old… I feel old. Eddie Murphy was the 80’s and 90’s go to actor for comedies. And honestly I am not mad about it. His Axel Folley character in the Beverly Hills Cop franchise is one that I have fond memories of from my childhood. I haven’t watched this nor the sequels in ages but I’m sure I’ll still enjoy them. By the way, did you remember it was NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR! It got the Best Screenplay nod but lost to Places in the Heart (tbh I have never even heard of this one). Now I feel like I need to revisit Beverly Hills Cop again.
Saw this one on the big screen.. remember those days, when you watched a new release in a theatre that smelled of popcorn and every once in a while somebody would need to be hushed for talking. I miss those times. That being said BlacKkKlansman was something that I expected to be more fun. Went in expecting a pure comedy but it was more dark comedy and not so much a comedy at all. While I love John David Washington here and Adam Driver as well, it’s not my favourite and I don’t see myself revisiting this one soon. It’s just way too long.
Last but not least a Chadwick Boseman movie to tie it all together. I saw 21 Bridges last year and while it wasn’t the best movie out there it’s still a decent watch. It’s entertaining to a certain extent and Boseman shines.. which is obvious. The fact that Boseman gave Sienna Miller part of his salary still makes me teary. Why are all the assholes alive and such pure people taken away way too soon. Anyway 21 Bridges, a black detective hunts for cop killers and discovers corruption.
THIS SERIES IS CREATED BY WANDERING THROUGH THE SHELVES4