“Colors” is a bizarre movie in retrospect. Sure, it’s the film that let my childhood self and most of Middle America know that gangs existed. However, it was also a harsh authoritarian tale directed by a rather right-wing director. Yeah, kids…Dennis Hopper might’ve played a Hippie, but he dug the hell out of Reagan. There are tons of early roles in this film, as you get to see everyone from Tony Todd to Damon Wayans to Mario Lopez. But, why does this movie play so weird to adult me?
Somewhere between the endless cliches and Haskell Wexler shooting this like the Evening News, the manufactured reality sets into play. “Colors” isn’t supposed to be realistic. It’s a carefully crafted morality tale about why the Inner City is going to Hell and that most White Authoritarians should abandon it to self-governance. When watching it in 2017, I chose to mix the group viewing with 2 Neo-Cons and 1 Writer for Local SJW paper of choice. Someday, I’m going to record these sessions if I can get past YouTube trying to copyright strike anything I post.
The Neo-Cons ate this movie up. While “Colors” presents different solutions to the issue of gang warfare, everything returns to the same tenet. The hood is going to Hell, so cops should just move out of the way. It’s bizarre how nearly 30 years of history can change a film, but that’s the case for Colors. Pick it up if you’re curious.
- Unrated Cut
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track