Mangrove ★★★★½

Steve McQueen's Small Axe: Mangrove is a tense legal drama about protest and police brutality more attune to the modern world than its contemporary Netflix competitor The Trial of the Chicago 7. The Mangrove Nine, accused of inciting a riot while protesting police brutality in 1970 Notting Hill, London. McQueen handles the matter with reverence, humor and realism; he avoids creating saints of the accused. A powerful start to the series