First Glance: “Just Mercy”


Destin Daniel Cretton made quite an indie splash with his 2013 drama “Short Term 12”. His 2017 followup “The Glass Castle” was an ambitious film with impressive flashes but ultimately was too uneven in its character work. In 2021 he’ll be moving from the indie scene to the mammoth Marvel Universe as director of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”. But before venturing into the MCU haze Cretton has an eye-catching legal drama coming in January.

The second trailer for “Just Mercy” is out and it leaves a powerful impression. The film is based on the memoir of Bryan Stevenson (played by Michael B. Jordan), a young attorney who defended Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), a black man from Monroeville, Alabama wrongfully accused and convicted of murdering a white man. While it does seem like we are currently getting many variations of this story from Hollywood, this looks like it could pack quite the punch.

“Just Mercy” lands in theaters January 10th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

13 thoughts on “First Glance: “Just Mercy”

    • Unfortunately it looks like one of those that will be getting a tiny release in big markets but won’t hit theaters anywhere else by the end of the year. So frustrating.

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