Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
My Rating : 4.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “All the way from Idris Elba’s impeccable performance to the cinematography and screenplay, everything was brilliant. The movie shows off Mandela’s true personality, which I’ve only read about.”
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society.
A Long Walk to Freedom lays out the legend of Nelson Mandela in grand, sonorous style. It presents a portrait of the South African freedom fighter that is shot for spectacle. This is a life heavy with significance, pitted with great speeches, backed with swooning orchestration that will climb to an emotional peak just as he addresses the crowd.
Idris Elba plays Mandela from his early days as smoothie lawyer, through his recruitment by the ANC to his arrest, imprisonment and eventual release. Elba makes a convincing statesman – he has the stature, can dummy the gravitas. His take on the icon is respectful and deft. Winnie is played by Naomie Harris, who charges the character with a revolutionary zeal.
William Nicholson provides the script, with Idris Alba and Naomie Harris heading up the cast. A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.