Saturday, February 14, 2015

Selma



Director: Ava DuVernay

Starring: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Andre Holland, Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey, Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi, Colman Domingo, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Roth.

A moving rendition of the events in Martin Luther King Jnr’s life which led to the Walk for Freedom in Selma Alabama in 1965. King Jnr (David Oyelowo) is the champion of civil rights but also a man, husband and father. He had to put these matters aside as figure head of the Southern Christian Leadership and its quest for gaining voting rights for black people in the South. This is a well crafted movie and at times almost feels the tension as events lead up to the walk of defiance. The bridge scenes are a mini-masterpieces of tension in which the director makes terrific use of silence to create a sense of fearful anticipation. The supporting performances are spot on with Tim Roth superb as Gov. George Wallace, and Tom Wilkinson the perplexed and willful President Lyndon B Johnson. Not to be missed and probably the best film you will see this year.

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