A tremendous, heartbreaking achievement in depicting a terrible, tragic crime and the legacy forged in the aftermath, Till features one of the best performances of the year in the colossally powerful performance by Danielle Deadwyler.
Till tells the story of Mama Till Mobley (Deadwyler), mother of Emmett Till who was lynched in 1955 Mississippi, and her fight for justice following his death. Chinonye Chukwu’s film captures the emotion and intention of the moments depicted with a graceful intensity. The scenery, the camera work, and every directorial decision sets the stage upon which the actors soar. Deadwyler’s performance is simply phenomenal, one that will likely catapult her into Oscar contention, and rightfully so. You feel her grief, her pain, and her persistence in emotionally raw and palpable. This is very much a movie about Mamie following her son’s tragic death, a film that is hard to watch in many ways, but the drama is expertly crafted for factuality and impact.
Many films attempt to accomplish what Till does so well, forging the emotional connection between seat and screen while telling an important story with a call to action layered in. Said call to action isn’t overtly stated, but anyone following the events of the world will be quick to recognize that society today is still grappling with much of what is seen in the film, in the 1950s. Till also never takes the foot off of the gas; it’s not a film that will hit you with the emotion in big whacks, but it consistently keeps you teetering on the edge of becoming a blubbering mess. This is a must-see.
Till is now playing in theaters everywhere.