Selma – Good, but I was expecting a great…
Another director and casting was supposed to be part of the movie; Lee Daniels as director, and Hugh Jackman as Sheriff Jim Clark, Lenny Kravitz as Andrew Young, Liam Neeson as President Johnson and Robert De Niro as Governor George Wallace.
Should I see it?
If you love history, even if it has a slow pace and they changed some facts, than yes.
Directed by Ava DuVeray
Released on January 9, 2015
Running Time: 128 minutes
Starring: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Tom Wilkinson, Giovanni Ribisi, Oprah Winfrey
Review – 7.5/10
The campaign of Martin Luther King to fight, without violence, for the equal voting rights. This campaign led to an historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.
The movie isn’t all about Martin Luther King, yes you see a lot of him, how he can reunite people with his speech, how he wants to convince the President Johnson and the population to give everyone an equal right to vote, but you also see him as a man, and how this campaign affects his own personal life with his wife. That was one of the thing I liked the most about the movie, they portrayed a man and not a symbolic icon. He believed in a non-violence fight and he sticks to his ideas right down to the end like everyone with a goal in my mind should. I liked the fact that instead of calling the movie King or something like this, they strictly made the point by calling it Selma. In the end, yes Martin Luther King was the one to go ‘behind the enemy lines’ by talking directly to the President to make his point known, but it was an entire population that decided to reunite and walk for their rights to Selma.
The starts was, for lack of better words, shaky. It cuts from one scene to the next without any point or idea to where the story is going, only writing to us on the screen what we are seeing of King’s life at this moment in the movie. After the bad start, the storyline gets, fortunately, better. It’s more precise, the script is more define and we can actually see where the director is taking us with this story. From then on, the story pretty much keeps the same tempo till the end speech which was, for me, the best part of the movie. Like every movie based on true events, yes unfortunately they did change some parts! Not a lot, but still enough to displease me a little.
Good point? The acting and choice of the casting was good! David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King was great and did what he could with the script and directing that sometimes lacked vigor, depth and magnitude. Tom Wilkinson as President Johnson was a choice I would use again as a director for this type of roles. Bad guy or good guy, he plays his roles and he plays them well! Did Oprah Winfrey role was worth it? Some say yes, others say no, as for my part she left me indifferent. She wasn’t bad, but she wasn’t a necessity in the movie. Second time as King’s wife for actress Carmen Ejogo, the first time was in 2001 in the TV Movie Boycott, and it was a great idea to ask her to play this character once more.
What disappointed me was the lack of intensity that you expect to see in a movie that involves Martin Luther King. An intensity that was shown and act in the end speech, but unfortunately not in all the movie. When I saw the end, all I could think of was ‘Yes, finally, that’s what I was waiting for!’ The end speech made me want to follow him into his quest, but the rest of the movie did not. Nevertheless, it’s still a motivating story and a big part of history that we watch, and that’s something I appreciated. Even with the lack of intensity it doesn’t leave you indifferent to see how people were treated to believe and fights for their rights. It’s a movie worth seeing, just to not be nominated in the Best Picture Drama category at the Golden Globes…
Selma is a good movie, but in my opinion there’s too much flaws to put it into the great category… I have trouble overpassing the fact that a movie about an historic fact that involved Martin Luther King could lack in intensity.