“In 1955, after Emmett Till is murdered in a brutal lynching, his mother vows to expose the racism behind the attack while working to have those involved brought to justice.” – IMDB
For what a tragic story Till centers around, this movie is made with respect, compassion, and humanity.
Unlike some of the other movies I’ve watched this week like All Quiet on the Western Front and Emancipation, it decides not to focus on the violence at the center of the story. Instead, it focuses on Till’s mother’s journey, from sending her son to the south to visit cousins through her transformation as a leading civil rights advocate following his death.
Danielle Deadwyler is a powerhouse and deserved a nomination for her performance, which was infused with strength and power.
Although this film is obviously an incredibly difficult to watch, it infuses a tragic tale with strong characters, strong performances, and compassionate storytelling and leaves you with a bittersweet feeling of anger and sadness mixed with hope, as if reminds us to stand up against injustice anywhere it occurs.
Rating: 8 out 10 Claire Bears
If you like this movie, you should also watch: Fruitvale Station, The Hate U Give
Streaming: Available to rent or own on Amazon or Apple TV
With: Danielle Deadwyler, Jayln Hall, Frankie Faison
Directed By: Chinonye Chukwu