Sunday, October 15, 2023

The Burial - 3 1/2 Stars -AMAZON PRIME - October 13, 2023

The Burial teams Tommy Lee Jones and Jamie Foxx - a small businessman and charismatic lawyer taking on a giant corporation.  Jones owns a string of funeral homes.  A large corporation offers to buy part of the business, then delays completing the contract.  The adversaries go to court, and the drama heats.  Bill Camp provides an excellent villain - a one percenter who conducts business on his multi-million-dollar yacht.   The Burial addresses the issues of race and corporate greed with subtle aplomb.  The stakes increase as Camp hires one of the most powerful Black firms in the country to fight Foxx, whose firm specializes in personal injury cases.  Jurnee Smollett arrives with credentials and attitude.  The Burial tells its predictable story with great humor and heart.  The plot, most certainly enhanced for dramatic effect, comes complete with echos of Erin Brockovich.  Nothing wrong with that in my book.