Free State of Jones – 8 ½
Those who like historical drama, especially Civil War era, will love this movie because it brings realism and authenticity to the screen.
Those who think good movies consist of crashing cars, gratuitous violence and a constant blast of the “F” word, they will not like this movie.
Yes there is graphic violence, but it belongs in the picture, even the scenes where wounded soldiers are having their limbs amputated under a hospital tent. Sexual content is basically absent. And, if the “N” word offends you, prepare to be offended. It’s part of the authenticity from the times.
Some reviewers have criticized this picture as boring and slow moving. Perhaps those critics need to study movie-making to learn the difference between quality drama and juvenile nonsense. Yes, there are some scenes involving quiet dialogue under the stars in the bowels of the Okefenokee swamps, but the message ties into the plot quite well.
Free State of Jones tells about the curious settlement of Jones County, Mississippi in the mid and late 1860’s, a true story. During the Civil War, Jones County began as a swamp outpost for runaway slaves plus Confederate soldiers abandoning their …