Just Mercy (2019)
January 7, 2020 6:40 PM - Subscribe

The powerful true story of Harvard-educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised and wrongly condemned, including Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence. Bryan fights tirelessly for Walter with the system stacked against them.

Based on Stevenson’s book, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx. (If you’re not familiar with his work, he’s a black lawyer who’s been running an organization providing defense services to capital defendants for the past few decades, a professor at NYU Law, and a MacArthur grant winner.)
posted by praemunire (5 comments total)
I enjoyed this movie, though some have dinged it for being too earnest or old-fashioned. Sometimes the morality of a situation is just not that complicated.
posted by praemunire at 9:54 PM on January 7 [1 favorite]

Great acting, but the direction and writing was very much by the numbers compared to When They See Us and If Beale Street Could Talk.
posted by adrianhon at 3:12 AM on January 8

Worth mentioning as a tangent that Stevenson is also the driving force behind the Equal Justice Initiative, which itself was the driving force behind the achingly powerful National Lynching Memorial that recently opened in Montgomery, Alabama. The memorial and its associated museum are the most powerful civil rights history experience I've had in the USA.
posted by mediareport at 5:50 PM on January 8 [5 favorites]

I don't fault the predictability of Just Mercy, which had far less time to get the story across than When They See Us and had to stick pretty closely to the details out of respect, especially, for those who were executed. So is it predictable? Yes. Did it leave my (white except for me) audience in uncomfortable silence by the end? Also yes. I thought it was really powerful and I hope lots of people see it.
posted by TwoStride at 5:21 PM on January 11

Oh hey my dad was in this. I think white racist judge.
posted by lazaruslong at 8:49 AM on January 12

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