Just Mercy Review

Written by on January 31, 2020

Just Mercy is a tense legal thriller with a positive message that will be appealing to those with a fondness for emotional underdog stories and the triumph of justice.

Just Mercy is a heavy story based on the bestselling memoir of the same name. The memoir was written by Bryan Stevenson, the lawyer responsible for the Retrial of Walter McMillan and is the main character of both the memoir and the film. Just Mercy follows a young and optimistic Bryan Stevenson, from his bright eyed intern lawyer days to the tense scenes in the McMillan case.  After witnessing injustice first hand, Bryan is motivated to represent those who are unrepresenatable, those who Bryan believes are innocent.

The film is a success largely due to the likability of the film’s characters’. Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) who comes across as earnest and strong willed in the face of adversary and Michael B. Jordan’s performance goes a long way to making the audience sympathise and root for him as a protagonist. Walter McMillan (Jamie Foxx) comes across as a good man, flawed but humble. Supporting our main characters’ is Eva Ansley (Bree Larson) as the supportive assistance who helps our lawyer not only get started but grow his legal firm to be a force to be reckoned with.

Dedpite a great script, fantastic acting with a cast that feels like it’s shooting for on Oscar and Academy type award, Just Mercy does little to differentiate itself from similar films and possesses very little memorable staying power. Despite this; if you are in the mood for something more heavy and yet satisfying then Just Mercy is a worthwhile investment of your time.


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