When I watched the trailer for Just Mercy, I was curious. I felt an instant desire to watch the movie because Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx look like they nailed their performances.
I caught Just Mercy on opening weekend. Even though the story played out exactly as you figure it would, it won me over. For the final 20 minutes or so, I had tears streaming down my cheeks. I was heavily invested in the characters, their stories, their struggles, and the final outcome.
It was moving to see that this is based on a true story, that there are countless other stories just like this one. People often get applauded for doing extraordinary things. Some people get no applause for the deeds they do while doing something because it’s the right thing to do.
That’s what this movie is all about. The focus here isn’t about going against the court system but preventing the system from destroying the lives of the innocent. It’s not about constitutional rights and freedoms, it’s about doing the right thing in the face of adversity and death threats. To make sure the law is faithful and upheld.
I wish a movie like Just Mercy would get recognized and that their actors and actresses be nominated for their performances. Sadly the world doesn’t work like that, and an impactful film like this one gets overshadowed by CGI blockbusters that lack a heart and soul. 9/10