Snapshots - #35: Marshall, American Made, The Glass Castle

The movies…
Marshall (♦♦♦♦): Black lawyer Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) is entrusted by the NCAAP to defend a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) in Greenwich, CT, who has been accused of rape by his white employer. As Marshall is not allowed by the judge as legal counsel because he doesn't hold a CT license, he engages, reluctantly on both sides, the service of Jewish insurance lawyer Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), whom, with Marshall's help, will have to acquire criminal defense experience in a matter of months. But as the case is tried in court, it becomes evident that it is anything but cut and dry. Powerfully acted by Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, and Sterling K. Brown in the leading roles, Marshall treads a fine line between inspiring legal thriller and drama. On both counts it delivers in spades. Based on a true story, with race and bigotry fueling public opinion, before the apogee of the Civil Rights Movement, this accused black man is doomed from the start. A full century…

Movie: The Girl Who Played with Fire, Swedish, 2009 (♦♦♦♦)

  A sex trade scandal involving prominent Swedish characters is the focus of the investigation of a female Ph D. candidate and her aspiring journalist male friend. Millennium Magazine decides to publish the story, but in the process of confronting some of the key players, Mikael Blomkvist finds the aspiring journalist and his friend murdered. The parallel murder of Lisbeth’s legal guardian with the same pistol, which is imprinted with Lisbeth’s fingerprints, leads the police to pinpoint Lisbeth as the main suspect for the triple murder. Mikael Blomkvist believes in Lisbeth’s innocence and won’t rest until he proves it. In the process, Lisbeth will face more violence coming from men wanting to kill her and will have to come to terms with events and people she had thought were gone for good.

This movie is also graphic, but less so than part one. The story is engaging and the acting is as convincing as it was in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In this second installment, some of the key characters that we came to know in the first movie remain, played by the same actors. This time, Lisbeth’s past as well her present life are explored more deeply than in the first movie.

I can’t wait to see how the story ends!


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