Last week Tuesday (so about a week ago) I went to go see the film Just Mercy in theaters starring Michael B. Jordan. And in this review, there will be spoilers (duh)
In the movie the defendant, Walter McMillan (Jamie Foxx) joins Attorney Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) on trying to clear Walter’s name for a crime he did not commit. The murder of an 18 year old girl. Helping them is a white woman named Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). The movies setting is in Alabama in 1986.
With the amazing cast and Director (Destin Daniel Cretton who is known for collabing with Brie Larson), there is no doubt that this movie was astounding and had me hooked the whole time. From the way the cast looked at eachother and delivered the lines, to how they put the story together, this movie was a good way to end a Tuesday night.
There’s a part in the movie where one of the prisoners on death row named Herbert Richardson (Rob Morgan) gets executed by electrocution and Attorney Bryan Stevenson was the only person who fought and cared for him so he had to watch.
His cell was right next to Walter’s cell and Walter taught him how to take deep breaths and think of pine trees in the forest, and that’s exactly what he did before he died. He served in the army at 18 years old, got sent home with an honorable discharge, developed a mental sickness and planted a bomb onto a girls porch which killed her. He ended up in jail, and when his time came to get executed, he gave his flag to Bryan since he had no family and Bryan actually tried to fight for him and make him a free man.
What happened to Herbert was heartbreaking and really hit hard because all of what happened in the movie is a true story. Which means it all happened for real in U.S history.
Bryan ended up winning the case for Walter McMillan and sending him back home to his family. But during the process of everything that happened in this movie, Bryan did something really important that benefited the lives of so many people later on. He founded the EJI (Equal Justice Initiative) which is also non-profit. It provides help to falsely convicted and/or poor prisoners who can’t afford representation in court (or have been denied a fair trial which is something that happened in the movie).
When seeing the movie, it really makes you think and wonder if something like that could ever happen to you. I’m no movie critic, but I give this movie a 5/5 and mark it educational and entertaining.
Definitely a great movie for black history month, or any month to be honest. Because I didn’t know about Bryan Stevenson until I saw that movie… Last week….
Any ways, thanks for reading and stay tuned for more 🙂