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Free State of Jones - Movie Review | Movie Hot Take
Hot Take: Aristotle said, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Aristotle didn't see Free State of Jones which has some great parts but falls short as a great movie. For my money, Free State of Jones was the most promising film of the summer. At one point, my expectations were set way too high. Fortunately, before seeing it, the first batch of reviews were mixed and brought down my expectations a little. You can't blame me for getting excited though. Matthew McConaughey almost always delivers a strong performance (and does again in Free State of Jones). Writer/director Gary Ross also delivers more hits than misses and when he misses -- The Flintstones, Mr. Baseball -- no one is too surprised nor are the stakes particularly high. For the most part, Ross hits with Free State of Jones. The story of Newt Knight, a Southern farmer who leads an armed rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War is an intriguing (and almost true) one. McConaughey shines as the defiant