Selma - 4 Stars
This powerful story of Martin Luther King is emotionally driven and well performed, but is spoilt by a long running time.
Selma chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.
This film really brings to the forefront of conversation some of the horrific acts that happened surrounding the Selma march. I really respect this film for documenting this issue in a clever, appropriate, yet dramatic style. However I feel that easily 15 minutes could have been cut to make the film move faster, while still documenting the story effectively.
The caliber of acting in this picture is of the highest level. David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther Kin, Jr. and he has everything from his speech pattern to his facial expressions captured superbly. The other outstanding actor in this film is Tom Wilkinson, who plays President Johnson. Wilkinson clearly depicts the struggles of the President, while also displaying aptly his meaner, angrier side.
Overall this film is powerful, emotional and tells a very important story that needs to be told. It has a strong cast, with some outstanding performers, but the long running time of the film can make it a little tedious.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Picture This Marketing