Maile and I watched a wonderful movie last night. The reason I chose 12 Angry Men was that IMDb has it ranked as #6 on the top 250. Since this movie is surrounded (on the list) by quite a few movies I love, I thought it was well past time that I gave her a watch. I was not disappointed. This review will be full of spoilers, so if you have not seen this movie, watch it afore you read this little ditty.
The first thing that struck me was how justice was pictured. The movie begins with shots of a huge courthouse, replete with classical architecture, the Corinthian columns, the steps, and all the rest. The idea, I think, is that this glorious, solid, enormous courthouse embodies JUSTICE. Eventually, we see little people milling about down below. These peons are people, alright, but they are decidedly under JUSTICE. What the movie comes to show, however, is that JUSTICE (at least on a human level), far from being high and lifted up, embodied in grand structures, is actually found in these twelve sweaty men in a room. (more…)