Directed by Reginald Hudlin
Starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson,
I don’t know why I thought this was an unreleased movie and one of the last works of Boseman only to realize and remember that he had done this film years back. But I never saw it when it was released so when it arrived on Netflix I wanted to see it.
The story focuses on Thurgood Marshall, he is a lawyer member of the NAACP. He defends black people accused of a crime they did not commit. Sam is an insurance lawyer assigned to get Marshall in the local bar but because Marshall was not allowed to speak in court, ends up being a lawyer in the case to speak for Marshall. The case is Spell v a rich white woman who accused him of rape.
It is frustrating to see movies that deal with racism because to me it’s ridiculous that Marshall being a lawyer could not speak in the courtroom and do his job only because he was black. So, the significance of the story and the real events are significant. I thought the film was a very good courtroom drama with great performances. Maybe the way it was directed the courtroom scenes could have been more intense without making things up and keep it based on facts. Overall, I enjoyed the movie and learned of another man who made a difference.
Chadwick was great in the film. He was a talented actor and one can only wonder what else he would have done. Josh Gad was a surprise because I have not seen him in a serious role and he was very good as Sam. Sterling K Brown is a great actor also. Known from the hot show This is Us, here he gives a moving performance as Joseph Spell, the man accused while being innocent.
I have to say that it is a good movie. The story has a lot of significance and it is brought to the screen with fine performances.