Marshall (2017)

A restrained courtroom drama that surprisingly doesn’t go the standard biopic route of trying to pack a whole life into hours, but makes the smart storytelling decision of just focusing on one episode of a person’s life.

It doesn’t even feel as much biopic as just a genuinely entertaining courtroom thriller. Perhaps being executed so well at a smaller scale means there’s less to talk about than there might be in a hypothetical grander biopic of Thurgood Marshall’s life, but I enjoyed the film’s restraint a great deal.

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The film doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but everything is executed well, and it’s refreshing to see a biopic (of sorts) with such serious, socially-minded material be restrained and not get in the way of its own storytelling. Three cases, and a cigarette.

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