I saw this on a Sunday afternoon because there is nothing else to watch on a Sunday afternoon. Right? Haha I’m so funny.
This was a really good movie. It was a little uncomfortable because who likes having their bias and intentional ignorance pointed out to them but it was still a really good movie.
Will Smith was astounding. Sometimes when I see him doing action stuff, posing with his family, or just looking generally attractive I forget that he can really act. His was powerful, emotionally engaging, deep, and approachable.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw was also impressive. She was able to take a role opposite Will Smith and rocked it out. I am sure the real life person the character is based on was a strong woman but some of that magic was all Gugu.
David Morse, Hill Harper, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Richard T. Jones, and Matthew Willig were also above average performers. They really added to the emotion in a way that kept the moving engaging, personal, and grounded.
Not everyone was praiseworthy. Alec Baldwin was lackluster. It was like watching Alec Baldwin say things he normally doesn’t say with little to no feeling. Mike O’Malley was just boring. Worst performance of the movie was from Luke Wilson who was just so stiff I now understand why I haven’t seen him since Legally Blonde 2.
I’m not going to comment on the plot because it’s based on true events and only history can judge those.
The lighting was well done. It set the tone well without being distracting. The pacing was nicely balanced. And the writing approached the subject matter with a biased but comprehensive style that I greatly appreciated.
Verdict: Doesn’t need to be seen in theaters but should be seen at some point. Save yourself some trouble and don’t watch/talk about/look at a poster for this movie around someone who is going to whine about the topic. You know who I am talking about. That person who likes football and can’t handle opinions other than their own and express their disapproval through intense emotions. That person. Just. Don’t.