In 1971, photographer W. Eugene Smith travels to Minamata, Japan, a coastal city ravaged by mercury poisoning. Ushered by an impassioned translator and encouraged by local villagers, Smith’s powerful images expose decades of gross negligence.
Minamata is a truly extraordinary showcase for star Johnny Depp, this film had its troubles for coming to the United States, being wrapped up while the actor was presumed canceled. However, with his sure to win defamation trial I’d love for this to get a rerelease in the United States on the big screen, as it commands such a heavily emotional weight on its audience members. It’s one of those films you’ll think about for months to come.
Director Andrew Levitas, has a real knack for putting together an Oscar worthy movie. And powerful performances from all of cast and not just the lead Johnny Depp whom gives a career best under Andrew Levitas’ vision. Minami, also gives us a powerful performance that will be talked about for a long time. At the end of the day Minamata is a terrific movie that got dealt an unfortunate hand in the time of it was released a few years prior it would have been an Oscar favorite.
Overall grade: 4/5 stars
Written By: AJ Friar