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

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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…

The King’s Speech (♦♦♦♦♦)

England, 1930s. King George V (Michael Gambon) has died leaving two direct heirs to the throne: David and Bertie (Colin Firth). David is the obvious choice to rule, but as he is pronounced king, his romance with a divorced American woman causes quite a stir in the corridors of power. Bertie has always been on David’s shadow, but when powerful men begin to object his brother’s rule, it is up to Bertie to overcome his limitations and fears and rise to greatness. His brother abdicates and Bertie becomes King George VI. With the help of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), he overcomes a severe speech impediment and flawlessly delivers the speech that marks the entrance of Britain in World War II.

This is a WOW kind of movie. At the theater when it ended everyone stayed on their seats, not talking, just there. There are many, funny lines in this film, but Colin Firth’s performance is a tour-de-force, so are Rush and Bonham Carter’s acting. The movie is a shower of acting greatness. Inspirational and moving are two other words that come to mind when describing this film.

I will be rooting for this movie at the Oscars! Not to be missed!

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