Free State of Jones is well-crafted and tells a worthwhile story, but makes for a better history lesson than moviegoing experience.
Free State of Jones tells the tale of real-life historical figure Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey), a Mississippi farmer who serves in the Confederate army during the U.S. Civil War. As the war rages on, Knight grows increasingly disillusioned with how the Confederacy caters to the interests of wealthy Southerners by passing laws favoring families that own multiple slaves – at the same time, forcing working-class people like himself to “donate” their food, livestock, and their very livelihood to further the Confederacy’s cause. After a personal tragedy strikes him on the battlefield, Knight deserts his army position and winds up helping a small family protect what little they have left – making himself a target for the Confederate …
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