Very smooth Hollywood version of history.
I've been watching Perry Mason reruns for 50 years and Law and Order for at least four versions and even Bull, so this was something really new to me. Marshall is not glamorized at all. He is shown as a pompous jerk who neglects his wife. He is rude and condescending throughout the movie--but I suspect the real Marshall was probably like that. How you produce a whole movie about that era and not use the N word in every scene is beyond me, but they managed to show the same disrespect, nonetheless.
Not an edge of your seat thriller, but the relationship between Marshall and Friedman creates good tension, the prosecutor manages to play his role as evil, entitled rich kid without falling into melodrama, and the Judge cuts the line between good-old-boy helping a pal's son win a case and following the law so close that I expected blood to start seeping from his skin.
Good film overall, although I felt something was a bit off throughout.
I really enjoyed this movie - a period piece and courtroom drama. One small criticism is that people spoke differently back then and I wish they used more the language of the day.
Interesting court case of a black man and white socialite woman where Marshall was only an adviser and could not speak since he was from out of state.
Fantastic movie, many actors I had not seen before. Done very very well.
I enjoyed this movie it was an excellent movie to watch because it was based on a true story that happened in real life. However I though it was going to be a Rated-R movie because of the violence, coarse language, and sexuality it had.
Chadwick Boseman plays a charming, confident young Marshall. This movie will keep you entertained, while also giving a serious look at racism and inequality in 1940.
This was a wonderful movie. Well acted (nice to see some “Chicago PD” ladies in this!) and edited. Great sets and costumes. Probably not a lot of people actually know the background of Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP, which makes this very interesting. Not for youngsters due to the subject of the trial.
Excellent movie! Informative and educational while being sensitive and real.
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