The film makes a juxtaposition between the racism of the 40’s and 50’s (and today- wink wink), alongside the racism forced by the Nazis against everyone not blue-eyed and blond-haired. So it is only appropriate that a black man from America breaks all the records- besting the best the Germans have to offer, blue eyes and all.
Race is a bit heavy-handed. But, with the racial turmoil of 2016 bubbling beyond the surface and over the edge, it is a very necessary heavy-handedness. Race plays Nazis against Americans, blacks against whites, and European Olympic contenders versus the reluctant Owens. He never asked for the responsibility, but he has it anyway. His failure is a victory for the worst of morality.
The film shows, in sobering detail, that the era of Nazi’s and blatant racism aren’t all that different from today- and tomorrow. It is our courage that keeps us going.
Welcome to the Corazon team, Ryan Merkel. He is a writer who loves to watch movies. Naturally, this makes him a critic.