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Till (2022)

The latest entry in a long line of social issue dramas, Till stands out for its nuanced blend of intimacy and universality

Drama, History

7.5

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United Kingdom, United States of America
English
Character-driven, Dark, Depressing
2022
Chinonye Chukwu, Female director
Al Mitchell, Brendan Patrick Connor, Danielle Deadwyler
131 min

Synopsis

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The true story of Mamie Till Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14 year old son, Emmett Till, who, in 1955, was lynched while visiting his cousins in Mississippi.

Our Take

7.5
The Staff

Till is a very political film. It’s charged with the kind of rage and electricity that enables thousands to mobilize for a cause. But before it explodes into something grand, it begins with the small details of everyday life. A mother admires her son as he dances to his favorite song. She buys him a new wallet and goes over the things they’ll do over the summer. These things seem trivial, but they reveal the humanity that sometimes goes overlooked in telling epic stories such as these.

To be sure, Till is a necessarily brutal film about grief and justice, but it’s also about how political movements are borne out of small and personal devastation. This nuance, along with a jaw-dropping performance by Danielle Deadwyler, makes Till a standout: a powerful entry in a long line of social-issue dramas.

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