This real-life case makes for an entertaining courtroom drama that nonetheless reduces Marshall to the level of Perry Mason and consigns to the end credits his greater triumphs.
Angelica Jade Basti�n
In ignoring the lived reality of colorism, Marshall creates a circumscribed version of blackness that's easy for white audiences to consume, lacks any sort of challenging narrative, and bypasses the more fascinating wrinkles in its characters' lives.
The tight focus helps make Marshall more courtroom drama than biopic.
A distinct snapshot not only of the main character but of the setting that resulted in his becoming historically important.
Boseman has headlined biopics before as James Brown and Jackie Robinson, and here, he imbues the young Marshall with a quiet confidence and a dogged devotion to truth and justice.
Marshall reminds us that before the legend, there was the badass young warrior.
Charged by Boseman's dramatic lightning, Marshall gives us an electrifying glimpse of a great man in the making.
...balances clich�s against the far-more interesting subject of unlikely camaraderie that blooms out of mutual persecution.
You have to think there are better ways to tell the story of Marshall, his life and his climb to the land's highest court, but those details are left to post-script notes.