Just Mercy ★★★

Solid courtroom drama with a strong performance by Michael B. Jordan. It falls a little flat as it has to contend with cramming a lot of characters and plot into the story. Brie Larson isn't given a whole lot to do once Bryan is established in Alabama. Rafe Spall as the DA does a passable job.

The issue with Just Mercy is that it follows the tried and true formula of the feel-good, crowd pleasing, award season drama. There's nothing inherently wrong with that. The crowd tonight seemed really into it. It just felt to me like a movie that I've seen dozens of times.

There is a really well done sequence involving Rob Morgan's Herb character that was easily the highlight of the movie. But the movie doesn't really sustain itself past that point.

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