Release Date: 10 January 2020 (USA)
Studio: Warner Bros.
Official Site: https://www.justmercyfilm.com/
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Writers: Destin Daniel Cretton & Andrew Lanham
Running Time: 2h 17min
Starring: Brie Larson, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx
Base Score: 4/5
I love seeing dramas starring comedians. These guys really know how to act. They are experts in not only showing emotion but making you show emotion. Their job is to make you laugh. They are experts at playing an audience.
Think of all of Robin William’s dramatic roles. People thought he was a one-hit wonder until he started making serious, heart-felt dramas.
The actors here don’t disappoint.
Michael B. Jordon is authentic and full of hope. He keeps his dignity in an undignified system. Brie Larson is honest, friendly, and real. Jamie Foxx is resolute in his situation. He is wrongly accused, but he accepts his fate. They are all good examples of how a good Christian person should act.
I came into this movie expecting to enjoy it, but I became incredibly invested in the outcome of the story. There were also some real stakes. Since it is based on a true story, you didn’t know which way it would go. Life isn’t fair sometimes. Would it be the same here?
It makes you angry to see how African American people have been treated in the south, even a few years ago. This was in the 90’s. With the recent #BlackLivesMatter campaign, it makes you wonder if we still have this kind of injustice in America. In seeing the way we are treating the poor, I fear it might still be the same way now.
But the movie was good. It was emotional. It made you feel the full range of emotions. At least, it did me. You might be dead inside.
Is it worth 3D, IMAX, or any other special viewing? There weren’t a ton a special effects, if any. A regular-size screen is fine.
Would I see it again? (+.5) Yes, I would see it again. It was a good, emotional film.
Should I rent it? Buy it? If somebody hasn’t seen it, give it a rental on Redbox when it comes out.
Is it family safe? (+.5) There might have been some language, but it wasn’t overpowering. Nothing else was objectionable (except for the way blacks were being treated).
Did it have “the look?” It was very cool to see people dressed like the 90’s. It reminded me of being in high school. It had a look, but not the look, if you know what I mean. They did a good job of recreating the 90’s, but it wasn’t over-stylized.
Did it have “the feels?” It was emotional, but it never had that super-emotional “oomph” to get bonus points.