Something I've learned from reading about the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. and taken to heart is his teaching that injustice can happen anywhere and can threaten justice anywhere too. I believe it to be true then and it remains relevant today, much more than I could imagine. The sad truth is that racism exists today just as much as it did back then. However, just as there are people who strive to protect those those are powerless in today's society, there were individuals back then that carried the compelling duty to defend against hate and bigotry. Marshall tells the real-life story of Marshall Thurgood (Chadwick Boseman), a lawyer for the NAACP and the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, and one of his earlier defining cases in his career. In 1940, Marshall is sent to Bridgeport, Connecticut to defend Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), a chauffeur who has been accused of rape and attempted murder by his white employer Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson). Much like other real-life courtroom films, Marshall follows a familiar formula from tackling the issues of white privilege and racial prejudice, the melodrama between the main character and their spouse and the inevitable third act. However, the film delivers terrific results thanks in part to Boseman's performance who steps into Marshall's shoes with poise and presence that is both demanding and brilliant. The supporting cast also turn in impressive performances, especially Josh Gad whom I'm glad to see is finally turning into a serious actor. If I had to point out any shortcomings, it would have to be that if you're familiar with the history Marshall Thurgood and the cases he fought in than you already know how this story turns out. Nevertheless, that shouldn't discourage you from giving Marshall a very well-deserved viewing into one of the most influential and historic figures in civil rights history. Highly recommended.