Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

(Justin Chadwick, 2013)

with Caitlin, DGA Theater, 2/16/14



The light in this movie is phenomenal.  Rich, subtle, and golden, it suffuses scenes of misery and scenes of grace with equal indifferent beauty.  Also phenomenal: Idris Elba, who has the gravitas, the charisma, and the range to play Mandela from his fiery early days to the mellow wisdom of his autumn years.  Mandela is a bit long and a bit repetitive, but we can forgive those faults.  Considering how much ground it covers, the movie is remarkably focused, and the Nelson Mandela that emerges from it is as human as he is impressive.  Powerful stuff.

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