Just Mercy, 7.6/10, bases it’s premise around true events that occurred in the courtrooms of Monroeville, Alabama. No this is not a retelling of “To Kill a Mocking Bird”. This is a story about the false imprisonment of Walter McMillian and the resilience of one Bryan Stevenson as he fights to bring justice for Walter and his community.
Now as you can imagine from the premise alone, this is profoundly moving and the blatant injustice explored here is infuriating. I feel that the lead performances have been under appreciated as both delivered deeply moving and believable character studies. Rafe Spall’s performance at time’s felt over acted but that doesn’t detract from the overall rating. One of my favourite moments within Just Mercy is the exchange between the three inmates facing death row. The run time is sitting at 2 hours and 16 minutes and it feels closer to 3, but that mainly is due to the strenuous emotions this film evokes. I don’t know quite what is missing from this film for it not to feel award worthy like how I felt with my first viewing of Green Book – I know, not the same, but similar racial themes are displayed. I encourage all to take the opportunity to see this film upon it’s release if only to shed light on some of the harrowing statistics around people sent to death row under false pretences.
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Entertainment (of its genre): 9/10
Overall rating….. 7.6/10
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