Mangrove

Mangrove ★★★★½

Both a courtroom drama as well as a portrait of the black community in late 60s London, and does a masterful job of doing both effectively. In fact, it is the very combination that makes the film work as well as it does. The first half, detailing the police harassment, is somewhat one-note, but the setup is required to make the courtroom sequences work. Great direction by McQueen, whose controlled use of camera movement and beautifully sculpted closeups elevates the film beyond simply a social protest drama (which it remains). So much better than the very similar TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 that it is kind of stunning.