Just Mercy ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 Letterboxd Score
Direction by: Destin Daniel Cretton
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson O’Shea Jackson
Warner Bros. Pictures, In Theatres January 10th
Based on the book by Bryan Stevenson
Just Mercy is the harrowing true story of an innocent man swiftly and dubiously sentenced to death
I won’t go too much into the story, you should just go and experience this one for yourself.
I cannot find anything to complain about with this film. It is a simple, but powerful story about the human spirit. It is about hope and remaining optimistic even when the world shuts you out. Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) experienced first hand that it is not always possible to comfort those that needed a little more grace. When justice is served, ultimately how can we definitively say that we have the right to simply rid that person from the world.
“Just Mercy” is a story of finding any sort of hope in the most vile and evilest of places. Dark is just the absence of light and why not try to fill the dark with light. This is a very complicated subject, I understand but just like it says in the movie (I won’t say where) “If we can look at ourselves closely, and honestly, I believe we will see that we all need justice, we all need mercy and perhaps, we all need some measure of unmerited grace.” That phrase,” unmerited grace” that means that although it may seem we are undeserving, grace serves as a purpose for hope and change, not change of consequence but a chance to reconcile. “Just Mercy” is an eye-opening story about how something justice is served by those who aren’t in the position to deal it out. Probably the saddest and harshest reality is that this is a true story. So go and experience this movie for yourself. I truly believe that “Just Mercy” will open your eyes and touch your heart if you let it.
There is nothing fancy, no CGI, no elaborate sets, just a story that needed to be told. The story moves at a smooth pace that is easy to follow and cinematography allows for the emotions to flow though. You feel a lot with this movie, rather than just think about things practically. Remove yourself from any political, racial or just any bias at all and give “Just Mercy” a chance.