Give Em Hell On The Border

Tonight I saw a childhood dream come to life in living color. A real movie about US Marshall Bass Reeves. When I first saw the movie trailer I was sooooo stoked I didn’t even look up the details. I forwarded the link to all my friends and family and told them to get ready so we could roll out to the theaters.

Did you watch it? Oh you know that it’s good and it is DEFINITELY not a tired, overdone reboot. Then when I went to check showtimes earlier today I once again faced the disappointment of not living in Chicago, Los Angeles or New York because guess what, it wasn’t playing ANYWHERE near Little Rock.

But after a few minutes of effective internet searching I saw that it was also being released today for rent via Amazon Video on Demand for $4.99.

I hurried up and paid for the rental cause I was not going to miss this event!

First, I LOVE the casting job especially for the role of Bass Reeves. David Gyasi did a heck of a lot of face acting for this movie and watching him interact with Ron Perlman as Charlie Storm tickled me to no end.

Second, I REALLY need to see more stories about what really happened out WEST including how African Americans contributed to the settling of the American West. There are a lot of untold and lesser known stories.

Third, this was clearly an independent film and I am really glad that Wes Miller took on the project. I hope that now enough people will watch it and prove that these types of projects are bankable so that the directors can have the budget they need to smooth out some things. I didn’t love the full soundtrack for example but because some of the selections were jarring and didn’t seem to fit the theme nor the period.

It was also quite clear that they left a lot of breadcrumbs throughout this film which the made as a “Part 1” so that they could set up future story lines.

I hope that at the least this team will be able to land an Amazon Original TV series deal so they will have time to flesh out more of this story.

I also hope that they will film the future episodes or movies in Arkansas and Oklahoma and Kansas. No disrespect, Alabama, but your hills don’t look that much like ours.

If you’d like to check out some of the AMAZING historic stories of African Americans in the West, here are a few resources you can check out.

Black Homesteaders
The History of Queen Califia and the California Blacks

Marta C. Youngblood is a writer, education and social entrepreneur based in Little Rock, Arkansas. For more information on her current projects visit https://about.me/MCyoungblood.

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