The Best of Enemies (2019) - Biography, Drama, History

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Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Robin Bissell
Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell
Length: 133 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 4 out of 76 found boring (5.26%)

One-line Reviews (18)

the grumpy old man really fell for this flick, though a bit slow, its brilliant, and therefore highly recommended.

Predictable .

Enthralling gripping and excellently portrayed movie regarding issues of segregation in the south of the state's with a great cast in Sam Rockwell & Taraji p henson being put in a very difficult scenario, who's delivery is immaculate, in fact the whole cast are great as is the material & with that you get an emotional movie with alot of depth.

Unlike the Green Book which had several awesome moments, this movie was suspenseful and interesting from start to finish.

Gripping story, beautifully told.

Enjoyable all around.

Worth Watching .

I just wanted to comment on some glaring errors which totally dragged me out of the moment.

Compelling Viewing .

The movie is grounded in gritty day-to-day interactions, like Riddick compelling Atwater and Ellis to eat a school cafeteria meal together.

One previous reviewer found the pacing slow; I certainly did not.

Ellis' change is subtle and slow.

The story is gripping and heartfelt as ideologies clash and personalities negotiate the challenges of inevitable change and the social forces pulling at them.

Both have played their characters with full intensity and honesty ; this is what makes this movie worth watching again and again.

The film is a most entertaining (though a bit lightweight) look at an historic chain of events, and it's right up there with a black cop infiltrating the Klan in Spike Lee's 2018 film BLACKkKlansman for believe-it-or-not points.

I just felt that the friendship between these two Star-crossed souls played by two remarkable actors, would've been more entertaining to watch than just another civil rights film.

Board of Education ruled in favor of school desegregation, but many pockets of the south were slow to come around.

Between these two and the outstanding supporting cast, Nick Searcy of Justified and Jack Gallagher of the Newsroom just to name a couple, this movie was overall very well done and definitely worth watching.