Monday Movie Review – Just Mercy

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Normally, I don’t review movies on here. But I’ve become a huge movie buff in recent years. And more importantly, when you watch a movie that has moved you to the point of blubbering, I think its best to share your opinion with the world.

Last week, Sunday January 12, 2020, I had the pleasure of watching Just Mercy

If you’re unfamiliar, Just Mercy the motion picture is based off of the memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. The movie covers Stevenson’s pursuit of Justice for those wrongfully placed on death row in the state of Alabama in the late 1980s. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Bryan leaves his home state of Delaware and starts the Equal Justice Initiative, to help those in desperate need of voice and representation in the justice system. One of his first cases, the story of Walter “Johnny D” McMillian is the focal point of the book and the movie.

It’s difficult to watch, read and discuss these types of stories. As a young black woman with so many cross-cutting identifiers, the hardest part of watching and reading a story like this, is knowing it’s real. That these stories continue to happen. That we have not yet overcome wrongful injustice and killings in a country that spouts freedom for all as one of its many pillars. That justice isn’t fair regardless of race, religion or creed.

The film, from the actors, to the script to the great cinematography, was a masterpiece. Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Rob Morgan, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Brie Larson and Tim Blake Nelson all did fantastic jobs in their roles.

I have to specifically highlight and recognize Michael, Jamie, Rob and O’Shea! There is something special about the ability to tap into characters and transform them on camera. But there is something extraordinary when it’s done regarding true stories. I can only imagine, as black men, how difficult and emotionally exhausting it must be. To take on the armament of the pain and suffering, to tap into that part of ourselves that sees us the way they do, and to deliver a heart-breaking performance. I was and am in complete awe of all of them and their dedication to sharing these stories.

Overall, I highly recommend EVERYONE watch this film, To go into it with as open a mind you can, to feel all of the emotions and to hope for a better world. If not for us, then for the generations after.