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The Free State of Jones

Regie Gary Ross
USA, 2016
Drama, Geschichtsfilm

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As civil war divides the nation, a poor farmer from Mississippi leads a group of rebels against the Confederate army.

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The Free State of Jones Regie Gary Ross
In search of historical accuracy, Ross’s explanatory text becomes intrusive — increasingly so in the final hour of the film, which is set during Reconstruction. Assuming that few viewers know much about this period in US history, the film provides information via didactic intertitles… The film means well, but it is always on the verge of being overwhelmed by its own didactic impulse, its obsessive fidelity to historical detail.
July 21, 2016
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As inherently astonishing and powerful as this little-known episode is, it has not been well-served by Ross’ lumpy, ill-conceived script, which ends up wasting Matthew McConaughey’s terrific lead performance and other strong acting contributions.
June 24, 2016
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Because “Free State of Jones” is the product of rich historical research, there’s a strong temptation… to delve into the movie’s details as a series of astonishing and resonant events and to tell them with the same precise assemblage that Ross lends them. Yet that assemblage, in its flat precision and etched clarity, feels thinned-out and textureless, and, in the course of providing questions and answers that fit, the movie hints at the deeply and oddly textured intricacies that it leaves out.
June 23, 2016
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