Small Axe: Red, White and Blue (2020)

DailyView: Day 292, Movie 412

The third of the Small Axe series from 2020 is the next film in the DailyView today. This one starred John Boyega in Small Axe: Red, White and Blue.

Boyega played the real life person Leroy Logan, a man who joined the Metropolitan Police with the intent to try and change the racist attitudes and policies from inside. This is a true story of the man who founded the Black Police Association. The film does not go into that aspect of the character. Instead, it focuses on the early part of Logan’s life, and his own relationship with his father (Steve Toussaint), who had been beaten by the police and had been falsely arrested.

John Boyega does a great job in this role, trying to show the building frustration of the racism around him and how it affected him, the people of London and the police around them.

The ending of the film did not feel completely satisfying, but I believe that was done intentionally to symbolize how racism never can come to a happy conclusion, that it is always going to be an uncomfortable situation.

This episode of the Small Axe series is perhaps my favorite one. This has a simple story, but one that had so much more depth that it looked like it would. Boyega is great and the anger displayed is excellent.

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