Just Mercy

First movie of 2020.

We get a movie like this every year or so maybe. Someone is wrongfully accused of a crime and a lawyer with morals and conviction works hard for their freedom. Inspiration porn in the legal system. Pretty cookie cutter. But the reason so many of these cookies have been cut is that they can be very powerful. These people have stories worth telling, and they call for change that we absolutely need. This was another cookie.

The lawyer is Michael B Jordan, fresh outta law school with one goal in mind: get people off death row. The client is Jamie Foxx, convicted of killing a young white girl in Alabama even though the evidence to exonerate him is insurmountable. Throw in Brie Larson as Jordan’s partner, and here’s our movie.

It was basically what you’d expect. Nothing more, nothing less. Doesn’t make it any less powerful or the story less worthy. The lawyer, Bryan Stevensen, is a figure we should know. This man is doing God’s work. This is also possibly Jordan’s best work since Fruitvale Station. But at the end of the day, it’s still another courtroom drama to throw on the pile

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