The cast wasn’t bad. Don Cheadle, Lupita Nyong’o, Regina King, Angela Bassett, David Oyelowo, Michael Ealy, Andre Holland, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Glynn Turman. And the content was certainly no typical orientation film. Over six segments, DuVernay blended poetry and history into fictionalized vignettes. They are meant to spark a range of emotions, from joy and relief to horror and sadness. That’s what happens when your themes range from the rise of Motown to the lynching of Emmett Till.