Metacritic score: 66
Monsters and Men is a terrific triptych with a painful central event: a police shooting of a black man. Each of the film’s three segments revolves around a different character, and the shooting touches each of their lives in different ways.
One man (Anthony Ramos) witnessed it; one is a black cop (BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington) who’s struggling to figure out how he should feel about it; and one is a rising baseball star (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) who feels a tug toward activism as a result of it.
Director Reinaldo Marcus Green seems equally interested in making a visually beautiful film and making a film with a social conscience, and his lead actors turn in sensitive, strong performances that explore how a whole community can be affected by a single devastating event.