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Just Mercy

Just Mercy What is it about? Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) has a bright future ahead of him. After graduating with honors from Harvard, the attorney receives offers for high-paying and prestigious jobs, but Stevenson decides to move to Alabama to defend unjustly imprisoned black men. The case of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), an African American convicted of the murder of a young white woman, leads the lawyer into a maze of legal and political maneuvers for which he may not be prepared. Based on real events.

What’s up? Not too long ago, when stars were the main reason to bring viewers to theaters, trial cinema was one of the genres preferred by the general public. Following in the footsteps of the seminal ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ (it was not the first summit of the genre, but it was the one that most influenced the way legal dramas were told for the next 5 years), court disputes were everywhere . It did not matter if he played the lawyer, the accused or the judge: it was a matter of time before the actor on duty went through a court in fiction. With the turn of the century, the proliferation of franchises and the end of the star system as we knew it, the best-selling judicial writers (headed by John Grisham) were left without the goose that laid the golden eggs. Legal stories were relegated to the small screen and the same stories that in the 80s and 90s were treated as vehicles to win an Oscar were practically treated as a by-product that bordered on television.

Because of its own idiosyncrasy, ‘A Matter of Justice’ arrived at the Toronto Festival with the shadow of the scythe chasing him. However, this true-to-life story about a promising lawyer who gave up his future to fight an unjust and racist system has become one of the festival’s first world premiers to win over critics. He has done it with a classic proposal that does not forget where it comes from (with a delightfully ironic nod to the classic starring Gregory Peck in 1962) or the iron structure that always accompany these stories. Trial cinema, like the musical, the western or the noir, has its own rules.

Duration: 137 min


IMDb: 7.6