The focus of cultural upheaval in the 1960s tends to be on Los Angeles, New York, and the American South, but change was happening all over the country.
Jeff Nichols' film "Loving" tackled the Supreme Court case that made anti-miscegenation laws illegal, focusing on the personal story of the couple involved.
Nichols' new film, "The Bikeriders," takes place in the 1960s but focuses on a motorcycle club in Chicago called the Vandals, exploring the societal shift within this close-knit group.
The Vandals are not a motorcycle gang, but a motorcycle club, and their main goal is to have fun and enjoy riding their bikes.
The film explores the complicated nature of male camaraderie within the club, with characters like Johnny and Benny having a complex relationship that goes beyond friendship.
As the 1960s become more violent and chaotic, the Vandals also change, morphing from a club into a gang.
The film is primarily told from the perspective of Kathy, played by Jodie Comer, who provides a female voice in a male-dominated story.
The use of a framing device involving interviews with Kathy in different time periods adds unnecessary exposition and takes away from the immersive experience of the film.
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