If “Just Mercy” proved anything beyond any and all comprehension, it’s that 2019 wasn’t going to go down without a fight and needless to say, it somehow managed to end the year strong and start off the new decade surprisingly in the same way. Both it’s direction and screenplay range from solidly constructed to ingenuously clever while the story is relatively very easy to get moved by despite its formulaic execution thanks in turn to the sharp tone, steady pacing, it’s lock-jawed atmosphere and the phenomenal performances let alone the intensity displayed from Jaime Foxx and Michael B. Jordan carrying most of the film on their shoulders.
It’s tense, emotional from start to finish and once it draws you in, it won’t let you go. Perhaps the best way to describe this film is it’s overwhelmingly passionate in its stance and its script, even when it gets too conventional to where it has to follow certain beats. But then again, it being a real story limits the amount of ways to alter said outcome. More could’ve been done to make this story truly unforgettable but in its own, it still is just that.