The Armchair Squid to see what the others have picked for January. My pick is another classic that the Armchair Squid had watched before....12 Angry Men from 1957.
This is not a courtroom drama but a jury drama done in the best way possible. It starts off where you see a young boy, who actually, to me anyway, looks innocent. The 12 jurors must now deliberate the fate of this young boy's life. All but one vote guilty. The 11 jurors are pissed that this one hold out has decided to vote innocent. We see these 12 men, suffering in the heat of summer (no a/c in that day) and becoming more heated. We become more involved in the lives of these men who are itching to leave so they can go to their baseball game, go home or just have this boy sent to the gas chamber. You become a witness yourself to a bigot, a lonely old man, a blowhart, and other joe schmos that you pass on the street every day and never look at them twice.
The acting is brilliant! Henry Fonda plays the lone hold-out but the other men are given the same justice on the screen and one can see how they love the words they are speaking. I do too and this is one of my favourite films. I don't care if there are no women because back in the day more men were picked for jury duty anyway and this should not even come into play.
If you like great writing and acting with great characters, watch this film. It is brilliant!