Monsters and Men
John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Kelvin Harrison Jr
An urgent and timely film with fantastic performances across the board, Monsters and Men tells the story of an African-American man unlawfully shot by the police during his arrest – through the eyes of three people whose lives it changed.
Starring John David Washington (Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman) and Anthony Ramos of Hamilton fame, the film is divided into three distinct stories: a teenager who filmed the shooting; a conflicted black policeman in the local force; and a young athlete whose eyes are opened by the activism the incident inspires.
Whilst comparisons to Fruitvale Station and Moonlight can be made, this brilliantly subtle and touching Sundance hit stands alone in its own right, with first-time feature director Reinaldo Marcus Green taking a soft-spoken, empathy-driven approach in hope that audiences who have previously reached their own conclusions will consider other sides of the picture.