the anticipated thrills and chills..
Marshall is a plot driven courtroom drama about a man being wrongly accused and finds a challenging lawyer enough to fight back. It is surprisingly fast and gripping and fortunately doesn’t spend much time on other things besides the case, which is the core strength of it.
But it is also eerily unstable and uneven for it to be congruent in its own tone and the primary reason why it itches throughout the course is because it is a tale sculpted to rely upon the performance and unfortunately it is on short in here. The script has substance and it puts all its big guns on the table with panache that makes you root for these undercooked characters. The background score isn’t impressive neither is cinematography or camera work but is aptly edited.
As mentioned, the performance objective is under a lot of pressure and the major player like Boseman and Hudson fails to live up to the expectations while Gad’s range steals the show that is from being uncomfortably amusing to intensely attacking with a decent support from Brown whose reserved act is plausible in here. The chemistry between the lead cast fuels this thriller where most of the work is done by Gad, he not only serves well but ping pongs it back too.
The anticipated thrills and chills that a courtroom ought to deliver is in plethora in here, and it isn’t twisted and turned to make it crispy or draw in the attention of the viewers but is kept simple and sensible and justified to the core. Gad’s screen presence that enlightens this dark drama, a tightly packed screenplay that enfolds and reveals newer perspective on each step and Huldlin’s brilliant execution are the high points of the feature.
Marshall might have the heart for the betterment of the society and political reasonings but is actually much more than that, it is an example of good cinema that this genre could offer.