‘Free State of Jones’

freestateposterGruesome opening scenes of the American civil war segue into a worthy but overlong and somewhat pedantic (true) story.

In its attempt to be ambitious, director Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit) has, instead, created something portentous. Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Mud)   is empathic as Newton Knight, leader of the deserters, slaves and womenfolk working against the corrupt Confederates but Ross’ storyline is episodic and over-detailed.

It’s hard to dislike the film – but it’s all a little too clean and too good to be true.

Rating: 52%


One thought on “‘Free State of Jones’

  1. CineMuseFilms September 1, 2016 / 4:06 am

    You have summed it up succintly. My review says: “the film aspires to epic-grade cinema but settles for adventure entertainment with convoluted timeframes that distract rather than illuminate”.


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