Watsons Go to Birmingham
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What I love about the film is the outstanding acting. The kids couldn't be better. The characters go through so much they're able to express a lot of emotion and does it show! I don't know if you've noticed, but there have been a lot of films about segregation this year; 42, Lee Daniels The Butler and more to come. What makes this film stand out is that the story is from 10-year-old Kenny's perspective. When we view the world through a black adult's eyes, we know they've probably experienced segregation. From a child's level, we see they can't comprehend why they're treated poorly because of their skin color. That's what makes it more powerful.
My favorite character is Kenny. I relate to him because he's sort of a nerd, kindhearted and in this film, confused. I like to see how he deals with the different situations he's placed in. Jenkins does a tremendous job portraying this character.
My favorite scene is when Kenny almost drowns. Kenny is swimming in the lake and gets sucked down into a whirlpool. Luckily, his brother Byron (Harrison Knight) saves him. This scene is intense and I got a little teary-eyed when Byron embraces Kenny and won't let go.
The moral is, "You can't live your life in fear and live a good life.Read more ›
The characters are portrayed excellently by wonderful actors. Even though I have read the book many times, the characters weren't that far off from how I had pictured them in my mind. Most of the important events were included in the film, but remember some events had to be cut so the movie wouldn't last 6 hours.
I'm using the movie and the book with 3rd and 4th grade gifted and talented students to give background on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and in conjunction with Black History Month. It really gives a true picture of what blacks experienced back then. Of course, I received parental permission from every student's parent prior to showing the movie. Parents were given an opportunity to view the movie prior to giving permission because of the PG rating.
This shameful and horrifying historical episode has been turned into a wonderfully thoughtful and touching movie. I'm amazed that the script-writers were able to turn this powerful book into an equally powerful movie. And as the father of a 12-year old girl, I'm pleased that I can now introduce this shameful moment in American history to my daughter in a way that will move her and raise her consciousness without horrifying her in the way that the real incident horrified those of us who were young when it happened. Kudos to all involved with the project.
With that out the way I'd Highly recommend this Movie for the simple fact of it's Positive portrayal of an entact, Functional Black Family with Well Spoken Down to Earth FATHER and Mother raising their Three BEAUTIFUL children. The onslaught of Slave Movies, Negroe Bed Wenches and Disgusting Negative images of Black people in the Media.."The Watsons" are like Fresh Clean Air and Sweet Water... A Movie you won't feel ashamed or nervous to watch with your sons and daughters. I love the fact that the Heart of the Movie focuses on FAMILY and not so much the Civil Rights movement--in fact there were a number of Black MEN in Birmingham ready to "put in work" and knew Exactly who was responsible for the Bombing.. They weren't running scared Victims.... Don't worry, we'll produce our CLASSIC Nat Turner Movie :)...but The Watsons remains "Fairly Neutral" for what it is.. which allows those in the Black community with more Progressive ideas and workable solutions to not have to work as hard to reprogram themselves and their children after watching this film.
I will be purchasing several copies of the DVD..I LOVE it that much and so does my Daughter.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie is enjoyable, but it leaves out all of the character development found in the book. The book is an excellent look at an average family from the 60s while the movie is a... Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Evelyn Clark
Excellent movie. Possibly better than the book!!!!!Published 7 days ago by Christine McKinney/Saint Pauls Church
We read the book and then have a class discussion about the difference between the book and the movie. It is a great 6th grade lesson.Published 13 days ago by Sophia W
Awesome movie! I love that they kept it close to the book, but added more time with the family in Birmingham. This is a great movie to show while studying Civil Rights.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent movie. Showed it to my Youth at my church and they enjoyed it along with their parentsPublished 28 days ago by Kuristen