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IMDb Rating 7.6 10 1923

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Uploaded by: FREEMAN
November 22, 2022 at 11:03 AM

Top cast

Haley Bennett as Carolyn Bryant
Whoopi Goldberg as Alma Carthan
Danielle Deadwyler as Mamie Till-Mobley
Sean Patrick Thomas as Gene Mobley
1.17 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
2 hr 10 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by benjaminskylerhill 8 / 10

All hail Danielle Deadwyler

Though certainly not a perfectly crafted film, Till is stuffed with powerhouse performances and scenes that I couldn't take my eyes off of.

Danielle Deadwyler gives potentially the most engrossing, beautifully heart-wrenching performance I have beheld this year. She disappears into the role and becomes the grieving mother who was Mamie Till. She channels all of the proper emotions at all of the proper times. Sorrow, regret, compassion, hope-all of them and more are tangible in this woman as we follow her journey.

What elevates the emotional core of the story even more is the impressive directing. There are impressively long takes and varied shot composition that always appear meticulously planned and crafted for the purpose of highlighting the actors and allowing them to shine, as they all deliver their dialogue with incredible sympathetic power.

I usually don't rant and rave about musical scores, as I find most of them just serviceable. This one deserves recognition. The music is used surprisingly sparingly, never drowning out the human interactions. But when it's heard, it instils both melancholy and hope into the film, which is exactly what the story is ultimately about.

But, like just about every biopic, Till has its issues, though the ones found here are relatively minor.

For one thing, though the long takes are impressive and allow emotions to linger, they're often too long. A great deal of shots linger way longer than they need to, and scenes carry on beyond the time that their point was made. It hurts the pacing considerably.

And while I did admire the script's attempt to include a great deal of real-life characters and plot points for the sake of integrity and uncomfortable honesty, it also hurts the pacing, as quite a few of them inevitably need to be rushed through with little-to-no impact on the larger picture. This is almost always a problem with biopics, which is why I think most of them should have been TV miniseries instead.

Till has a great deal more depth and care put into it than I was expecting, and I applaud its ambitious reach, as it does grasp the vast majority of what it reaches for.

Reviewed by ykjdh 10 / 10


Let me just start off by saying the lead performance was outstanding. There's not a parent in the world who could even begin to imagine what the Till family endured. Nor would any parent ever want to deal with so much pain.

While the movie takes certain liberties-it's still a movie, the story behind the real life event stayed true.

I found the movie hard to watch at times being a father and biracial myself along with biracial children. The story comes down to a mother's simple quest for justice in the murder of her son. To those not familiar with Emmit Till's story, I urge you to look it up for yourself.

Danielle Deadwyler plays Till's mother and she gives a knockout performance rivaling anyone who's won an academy award. In fact, I'd say she would be the front runner this year for best actress. Like I said, it's a hard watch but terrific movie nonetheless.

Reviewed by ferguson-6 7 / 10

through a mother's eyes

Greetings again from the darkness. Don't look away. Whether referring to Mamie Till-Mobley telling family members to look at the disfigured boy in the casket, or to the general counsel to all citizens in this day of division, the sentiment is the same ... see with your own eyes so that you understand the injustice. Writer-director Chinonye Chukwu (CLEMENCY, 2019) and her co-writers Michael Reilly and Keith Beauchamp allow us to see the tragic story of Emmett Till through the eyes of his mother, and it's a powerful approach. It's Mr. Beauchamp who has diligently researched this story for almost 25 years, and was the driving force behind the 2005 documentary, THE UNTOLD STORY OF EMMETT LOUIS TILL.

The film certainly benefits from the powerhouse performance of Danielle Deadwyler (THE HARDER THEY FALL, 2021) as Mamie Till-Mobley. Mamie's love and concern for her 14-year-old son Emmett (a terrific Jalyn Hall) is only surpassed by her strength and dignity after his death ... and all of this is masterfully portrayed by Ms. Deadwyler in her surefire Oscar contending role. We see just enough of young Emmett to realize he's a well-raised, considerate, and fun-loving boy who sometimes stutters. He's so excited for his trip from Chicago to Mississippi to meet some of his relatives, while seeing and doing new things. It's 1955, and Mamie tries to caution Emmett on the differences between their world at home and the southern world he's about to enter.

There are varying accounts of what Emmett actually did or didn't do to Money, Mississippi store clerk Carolyn Bryant (played by Haley Bennett, SWALLOW, 2019), but the shock of seeing Emmett's disfigured face and body is handled brilliantly here, and though the actual violence occurs off screen, the impact remains. Against all of her motherly protective instincts, Mamie seizes the power of the moment to have a photograph taken and demand an open casket so that the world can witness the result of the atrocity. Her ability to think clearly catapulted the case to national attention, and allowed Emmett Till to become a name and example that is still studied today.

The supporting cast includes Frankie Faison (Mamie's father), Whoopi Goldberg (Mamie's mother), Sean Patrick Thomas, Tosin Cole (as Medgar Evers), John Douglas Thompson, and Jayme Lawson. The trial of the men accused of beating and killing Emmett plays a part here, but the only real courtroom drama occurs when Mamie takes the stand. It's in that moment when Ms. Deadwyler truly shines and allows us to feel a mother's pain and disgust. Afterwards, we get a taste of her activism ... something she continued until her death in 2003 at age 81. Filmmaker Chukwu benefits from the performance of Deadwyler and the years of research by Mr. Beauchamp, and she delivers a film that allows us to experience a dark moment in history from a different perspective - the eyes of a mother.

Opens in theaters on October 21, 2022.

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