Friday, June 12, 2020

Just Mercy

Just watched Just Mercy (2019) with Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, Karan Kendrick and Brie Larson. It tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who, with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, appeals his murder conviction. This story was based on the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (2014) by Bryan Stevenson.

I admit I have never been a big fan of Jamie Foxx but his performance in this film is solid. Along with Michael B. Jordan who carried this film, did an outstanding job. When I first heard of the film I noticed that Brie Larson was in it. She's the reason I wanted to see this and she was great. After her performance in "Room" she can do no wrong in my opinion.

Walter "Johnny D." McMillian was an African-American pulpwood worker from Monroeville, Alabama, who was wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Based on no evidence and only an eye witness account of a felon who made a deal save himself and frame McMillian. This witness eventually recanted which led to the release or Mr. McMillian.

In the opening of the film it is pointed out that Monroe County, Alabama is the area where the book and film To Kill a Mockingbird took place and where author Harper Lee grew up. And the fact that the white lawyer in the film played by Gregory Peck defends a black man from false rape charge is not lost on me. It seems the local police were not aware of this. They may not be readers or care not to have seen the film. The law enforcement and the community that reelected this sheriff over and over will never be forgotten. This was about pure corruption and racism.

This is a powerful powerful film that I dare you not to cry watching.

I give this an A+ way up

- JP Myers

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