compelling sermon for self-congratulatory middle class white people. but well constructed & hard to ignore. if you like that sorta thing, it's pretty great. worst sin is ignoring the unsolved murders @ the heart of it in favor of a "happy" ending & focuses too much on echols at the expense of the other fascinating characters.
The film certainly has it's moments, especially the segments about Terry Hobbs, who I believe is the real killer. But it spends far too much time on the relationship between Damien Echols and his girlfriend. I am glad that Damien has found his soulmate and is a free man, but it really has nothing to do with the injustices of this case. The "Paradise Lost" films are essential viewing, this is not.
One of infamous case that I can't get it out of my head. I had a nightmare once trying to imagine how the crime took place, and who did it. But this one feels heavily biased, its fked up bcz its either the truth and the law is amazingly flawed or we were wrong and we have undermined the justice for the little boys.
An overview of the infamous West Memphis Three case lays out the evidence for their innocence in a mostly streamlined way, although most of it has already been covered by Joe Berlinger's PARADISE LOST films. It may be a bit too long, but to its credit it spends less time with the three original suspects and more time on alternate theories as to who actually killed those three children, & other facts surrounding them.
The filmmaking on display surpasses the Berlinger/Sinofsky documentaries. Amy Berg somehow presents details and angles of the case that weren't shown in the 3 previous documentaries. The biggest misfire is the use of the celebrities involved. It really takes away the humble human element of this tragedy. More attention is paid to Eddie Vedder than all 3 men behind bars combined.