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Just Mercy Movie Review

I love a strong inspirational movie. I am also a fan of watching true-life stories. Just Mercy is a movie that is quite fitting to watch based off of our current situations in our society right now. It’s one of those tear-jerking movies that warm your heart all at the same time.


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Michael B. Jordan and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” “Baby Driver,” “Django: Unchained”) and Brie Larson (“Room,” “Short Term 12,” “Captain Marvel”) star in “Just Mercy,” an inspiring drama that brings one of the most important stories of our time to the big screen.

Award-winning filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (“The Glass Castle,” “Short Term 12”) directed the film from a screenplay he co-wrote, based on Bryan Stevenson’s bestselling memoir.

“Just Mercy” is based on the powerful and thought-provoking true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the main testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings, as well as overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.

My Review

As I stated above, this movie is a tear-jerker that is heartwarming at the same time. You’ll have to watch the movie to fully understand why I say that. Because there is nothing heartwarming about watching an innocent man be put on death row!

When I moved to SC in 1989 from Ohio, I had never seen a black person a day in my life. I didn’t even know there was another race besides white. Now mind you, I was only 9 years old, but seeing a black person for the first time in my life was a big experience. I was warned by everyone in my family to not get close to “them black negros“.

When I went to my second school down here one of the black girls, named Portia, provided a whole new experience for me. In my new school, blacks were the minority, and whites ruled. However, the whites grew up with money and privilege where I didn’t! I got alienated because of that from the whites. After my experience with the blacks and instructions from my family, I steered clear of them.

Then Portia welcomed me into her group of friends and treated me with so much love and kindness. I felt included for the first time since I left Ohio. She helped me heal. I gained a new perspective about blacks!

I now have a black woman who I consider my adoptive mother because all throughout high school she treated me like her daughter. We formed a bond that is so strong it will never break. I love her dearly.

I have seen first hand how blacks or any other race besides whites are treated differently in our country. It sickens me! I can’t stand the word negro as much as they can’t!! I will NEVER in a million years understand how much they are treated differently affects them.

But I can say, that I will do everything in my power to ensure my kids and anyone around me knows that a person’s skin color is no indication of who that person will be! I believe by now you’d think that this wouldn’t be a cotton pickin’ issue anymore.

Yet, it still is one! I see it all around me. The older generations are still pushing that the other races are inferior or have no business being a part of our lives. When the reality is they have just as much right as anyone else!

The movie Just Mercy is only ONE example of how the white’s have placed unjustified charges against a black person just because they ARE black. There has been PLENTY of cases throughout history where the whites have done this and tried to cover up their tracks. I seen it happen even in my own small towns.

I can see why peaceful protesting has happened lately. I can see why they have raised their voices. I’m NOT a supporter of the riots and the looting that has happened. But I am a supporter of them shouting to the rooftops that changes need to happen!

I think EVERYONE should be working to change their perspectives. EVERYONE should be treated equally and fairly. I believe the movie Just Mercy does a remarkable job of portraying why it’s so important.

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