|O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA (director: Ezra Edelman; cinematographer: Nick Higgins; editors: Bret Granaro/Maya Mumma/Ben Sozanski; music: Gary Lionelli; Runtime: 467; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Ezra Edelman/Caroline Waterlow/Connor Schell; Laylow Films; 2016)|
|"An aesthetic and comprehensive 7
1/2-hour documentary on an American hero
by Dennis Schwartz
It shows significant archival footage (like the 1965 Watts riot) and interviews with more than seventy people associated with O.J., and provides a fascinating look back at the events that shaped his life. What emerges is a haunting look at both O.J. and America, and how unsettling the country still is in regards to race relations. In Part 2, the film examines the giant ego of the star and how fame and fortune came his way when corporate America gave him their approval to be their sponsorship spokesman (like for Hertz) and that he leaves his hometown black first wife and marries his blonde mistress Nicole Brown. The documentary argues that O.J. made himself white and was successful in becoming accepted by mainstream America as its hero, that is, until the night of June 12, 1994, when his wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were murdered and the black jurors rallied around him in the face of the LAPD's racist cops doing the investigation.
O.J. might be old news, but his compelling story still resonates in a modern America still wrestling with its imperfect past in regards to race relations.
REVIEWED ON 12/1/2016 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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