The most surprising thing about Reginal Hudlin’s film Marshall — which hits theaters Friday — is how emphatically it’s not a biopic. You’d be forgiven for thinking it was, based on that brooding photo of Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall on the poster. He looks solemn, respectable, challenging, earnest, just as a Supreme Court justice in the making should. And the film starts off making certain promises: We first encounter Marshall in his undershirt, dressing and preparing for his day. Boseman is both vulnerable and attractive in those lovely first moments; as we watch the man don his professional armor, there’s every reason to think we’ll see more of this — of Thurgood Marshall, civil rights hero in the making, learning to become the force that he became.

This is not that story. Marshall is a procedural, and a good but mighty strange one. The film touches on a couple of Marshall’s cases (Lyons v. Oklahoma makes an appearance) but the one it focuses on — The State of Connecticut v. Joseph Spell — isn’t one people typically associate with Marshall. For good reason: His co-counsel Sam Friedman (a reluctant Jewish insurance lawyer, played by Josh Gad) argued it. The …read more

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