Just Mercy is a legal drama directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and stars Micheal B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson in the leads and follows the true story of a young lawyer Brayon Stevenson and his efforts to get fair legal aid to death row inmates, in particular, a man named Walter McMillian who has been wrongfully accused of murder.
Courtroom drams like this always follow certain structural similarities that have been around since the first of this genre of movie has existed and in that regard, Just Mercy is not that different however the makers of this movie are clearly aware of this and focuses more on the human aspect, by showing how it not only affects the people directly involved but those around it as well and this helps raise the movie way above a lot of movies in this genre
The acting in this movie also plays a huge part in this, as all the performances in this movie are believable and engaging, special mention has to be given to Micheal B. Jordan and Jamie Fox who both give some of there best performances to date, they share unbelievably good chemistry and by the end of the movie you can tell these two characters have established a believable bond with one another
On the technical side, the cinematography is great and manages to captive you and editing is excellent they way it switches between a claustrophobic prison cell and the outside world really immerses you into the movie, the only issue was the music score which while not bad in any way kind of tends to get used a bit too much and sometimes overstays its welcome.
Overall Just Mercy an engaging and thought to prove legal drama that in my opinion manages to win the argument of why we will always need movies like this one.