One of the hardest topics of trying to make into a film are sensitive and brutal murders, that is very much the case with the lynching of Emmett Till. A 14 year old boy who’s life was taken in 1955, Till serves as Mamie Till’s POV and the actions she took after learning her son was lynched. Right off the bat this film establishes that it’s going to be a powerhouse film especially when it comes to performances, but the one that truly stands out is Danielle Deadwyler who gives one of the best performances so far this year and truly puts her heart and soul into this performance. She effortlessly connects to Mamie Till and really captures her actions, her emotions and her pain…the pain of finding out her son was lynched. The scene of her learning about her son is truly some of the most heartbreaking moments I’ve seen in a film this year, the viewer truly feels Mamie’s pain and really brings you to tears. Till isn’t afraid to shy away from being disturbing, there’s definitely some moments that are bit hard to watch. But are absolutely necessary to fully understand how disgusting this crime was and really shows how this case really got the attention of many many people, perhaps one of my absolute favorite parts about this film and why it succeeds is how respectful and how its handled with so much care. Director Chinonye Chukwu has shown before that she can handle sensitive material with her pervious film Clemency (highly underrated if you haven’t already check that one out) and does that here once again with Till. Till is carefully filmed, shows the several emotions that Mamie Till and the rest of Emmett Till’s family and it shows the parts that will make the viewer get angry. It’s a very honest film that Chukwu did such an incredible job with and really showed the length and the many parts of Mamie Till. I highly recommend checking this one out.
Till is available in theaters.