Free State of Jones tells the story of a disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters, runaway slaves, and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.
Although it may look like the The McConaissance may be coming to an end, it reminds us that Matthew McConaughey can actually be a decent actor despite the ten or so years where he was shoehorned into the romantic-comedy roles. It’s quite a long film, but so were and are the years that the African-American population continue to suffer. It can be slow, especially if you’re watching it at the cinema, but it shows an incredible depth into the past and how it directly affected the future.
The film is definitely something that keeps you interested throughout and can’t be named as “just another film about that period of time,” if anything could be labelled as that. Events guide you throughout the film, not holding you tight in it’s grasp and pulls you through the film, it invites you on a journey through history. It covers quite a few years without feeling like it’s jumping all over the place like many films do feel like.
It’s not as poor as the the critics make you believe the film to be, though it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have its downfalls. Watch this film in the comfort of your own home if you can otherwise you’ll be in it for the long haul in the cinema.