Review : Just Mercy

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“World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.”

There are many ways to tell a story in film. One of the most impactful ways, is by focusing on character development rather than a more traditional narrative, and Just Mercy uses this to give its cast lots of room to just act. And act they do. Jordan and Foxx are as good as you would expect, but special mention has to be made for Rob Morgan, who really takes great advantage of the roll he’s given here, and he turns in a truly touching and wonderful performance. The rest of this movie almost fades away around the acting, as this movie really tries to tell the human tole of a story like this. Its less about what happens, and much more about what that does to the characters we follow. Being based very much on a true story makes those performances resonate even more, as you really do feel for these people, and what they have had to over come. The only thing holding this movie back from truly putting itself up there is it lacks a certain level of dynamism which we could have gotten had it done some more with one of its storylines in particular, but it chooses the more subtle route for better and worst. This movie does give us a real standout sequence, and what is probably the best depiction yet of the death penalty, which is a major part of this movie and story. All in all, Just Mercy is a wonderfully acted movie, that makes a really compelling argument about the death penalty, but doesn’t exactly get into the rarified air it wants to be in.

Review Score : 8.5 out of 10

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