American crime drama from 1957.
Starring: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam
Director: Sidney Lumet
Writer: Reginald Rose
Bechdel test: Fail
A young Asian man has stood trial for murder, and we follow the deliberations of the twelve jurors.
“12 angry men” is a strong movie. I have not seen it before, and it made quite an impression. It is a concept I have seen before. I remember an episode of “Veronica Mars” where jury deliberations that put a focus on attitude towards poor people was the whole of the episode. In “12 angry men” the jury deliberation put a focus on attitudes towards poor immigrants of Asian and Spanish decent.
I would have thought that the attitudes of racism and intolerance in this movie would have seemed outdated considering the movie is from 1957, but sadly, not so much. The makeup of the jury, only white men, was dated, and how these men dressed and expressed themselves was dated, but the views they expressed, could have been this year.
In other words, this is still an important movie to watch.
The audio and visuals are simple, and all they convey is the feeling of being in a jury room, which is what they are supposed to do. For me today, watching this movie, it seems like they are wearing period costumes and the set is constructed to convey olden times, but I guess this is simply how the world looked and what people wore.
The story and acting is great. The 12 men are convincing and some of them go on an emotional journey that was believable. The men may have been a little stereo typical, but it just underlined that these men could have been anyone. Through the movie the jurors are referred to by their numbers and we don’t learn their names, which also drives home this point.
I don’t regret watching this movie, and it made me think about how little, at least some parts society, has moved along towards tolerance and removing racism.
As someone on twitter suggested, after watching “12 angry men”, I watched Amy Schumer’s spoof on the movie, and it was really good. It mirrors the movie very well, and puts a spotlight on what we think of women. Below is the first part of the 12 angry men judging Amy Schumer. The rest is really good, as well.
Everyone should watch this movie. It is an important story of how simple questions can bring out our inner racist attitudes.
Over to you
If you’ve recently seen “12 angry men” or you’re watching along with my year of movies, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the movie or note down your opinion somewhere else.
24 movies down. 341 to go.
If you want to get “12 angry men” from Amazon, here is a link for that. They probably have the movie many other places too. Maybe it’s on a streaming service you subscribe to already?
Tomorrow’s movie is “To kill a mockingbird“. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.
Until next time; live long and prosper.