‘Mangrove’ Review: Steve McQueen’s Tale of Racial Injustice Builds to Thrilling Courtroom Showdown

‘Mangrove’ Review: Steve McQueen’s Tale of Racial Injustice Builds to Thrilling Courtroom Showdown
The dramatic story of the Mangrove Nine, when a group of Black British activists fought back against racist police raids in a tense series of courtroom showdowns, practically pitched itself as a movie when it unfolded in 1970. It only took 50 years, but writer-director Steve McQueen’s “Mangrove” works overtime to fill the gap, resulting in .

Produced as part of the filmmaker’s ambitious five-film “Small Axe” anthology about Black British Londoners across several decades, “Mangrove” is a taut and thrilling judicial drama that transcends the genre even while acknowledging its barriers. Just as he used the heist genre as a Trojan horse for sociopolitical concerns, McQueen turns the courtroom formula inside out. In following the trial, “Mangrove” delves into the usual assemblage of passionate monologues about equal rights and dedication to the cause. But it’s also grounded in a detailed ecosystem so rich with the sentiments of the moment
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