No moment in the film suggests more clearly that Ross is a white filmmaker addressing the political concerns of white viewers. Though Ross worked on this story for a decade, since long before the candidacy of Donald Trump, racist policies have been at work in the Republican Party not least through systematic efforts to suppress the vote in many Southern states for decades, and the persistence of symbols of the Confederacy, along with its racist premise, underlies the didactic premise of the film.
Matthew McConaughey reviews. Reuse this content. Order by newest oldest recommendations. The result is a riveting visual history lesson, whose occasional didacticism is integral to its power. Afterward, he tried to hold this coalition together as a political force in the face of Ku Klux Klan terror.
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Archaeology U. Shape Created with Sketch. Plus Created with Sketch. And while Mr. Nor for that matter is it the story of a white sinner redeemed by the superhuman selflessness of black people. And keep winning, even staging a surprise attack on the Confederate forces at a funeral, where Knight pursues and kills the rebel commander brilliantly played by Thomas Francis Murphy. This is near the end of the war but, for reasons not explained, General Sherman declines to support them, so the period of self-government lasts until the Confederacy collapses and the union is restored.
First, rebels like the local plantation owner pledge allegiance to the union, have their citizenships restored, and quickly move to deliver freed blacks into new forms of servitude, even as the Ku Klux Klan arises to keep them from voting.
Newton joins his black comrades in resisting these moves, and meanwhile defies local mores by living with wife Serena and common-law wife Rachel, who both bear several children each for him.
The film was a passion project for Ross, who spent ten years developing it. He was initially drawn to make the movie out of a desire to examine the Reconstruction era south, an era that, according to him, is poorly represented in film, quoting Gone with the Wind and The Birth of a Nation as examples of "the last movies that did it". Ross finished writing the film prior to working on The Hunger Games , although he struggled to find much in way of financing: he felt that working on The Hunger Games would help him, and thus declined to work on the sequels.
Afterwards he still had trouble getting the movie made, which he attributes to the fact that "we're in a different kind of a popcorn universe now". Matthew McConaughey 's casting was announced in November  with other casting announcements made in early Principal photography began on February 23, and was scheduled to end on May The film was pushed back from its original release date of March 11, , to May 13 and finally June 24, The website's critical consensus reads, " Free State of Jones has the noblest of intentions, but they aren't enough to make up for its stilted treatment of a fascinating real-life story.
A better film would have muddled the clean white-savior narrative with an actual exploration of what the racial politics of a mixed-race insurgency in the South might have been like. Action Adventure Comedy. We Are Marshall Drama Sport. Taglines: Based on the incredible true story. Edit Did You Know? Goofs When Newton's wife finds him she says that she and the son walked from Birmingham. Birmingham, Alabama was not established until Quotes Moses : Deserted.