Marshall

Watched: 16 February

This film is supposed to be – and to a certain extent is – about the early career of the first African-American Supreme Court Justice and tireless civil rights campaigner Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman)… so I’m really not sure why the story has to concentrate so much on one particular case in which Marshall coaches Josh Gad’s white lawyer as he defends a black man who has been falsely accused of raping a white woman. The focus shifts far too much towards Gad’s character and his enjoyment of a legal triumph during the closing stages, before a series of pre-credit comments about Marshall’s incredible career make you wonder why the hell barely a jot of it has made it into the previous two hours. There’s way too much bland courtroom drama, too, I’m afraid, but Boseman’s performance is sound. (**)