Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom2013
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Critic Consensus: It might be too respectful to truly soar, but there's no denying Idris Elba's impressive work in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom -- or the inspirational power of the life it depicts.
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as Nelson Mandela
as Winnie Mandela
as Walter Sisulu
as Ahmed Kathrada
as James Gregory
as Zindzi Mandela
as Kobie Coetzee
as Raymond Mhlaba
as Chief Warder
as Niels Barnard
as Sophiatown Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Not so much a drama as a kind of protracted educational video, the message driven home by a soupily emotional score and repeated flashbacks, sometimes in slo-mo, to Mandela's golden memories of the past, bathed in sunlight.
There is no fun in Mandela; no life either. Couldn't we have had some controversy-stirring candour about this true-life hero in his early terrorist phase?
A worthy, if unadventurous biopic of the recently departed South African political icon.
If it is a bit stately, that is understandable: his life story really is extraordinary. The movie pays homage - in good faith.
Even those familiar with the history will be impressed and moved to see these events as Mandela experienced them, before the Nobel Prize and universal adulation recast the past in a glow of inevitability.
Audience Reviews for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Idris Elba does an impressive job in this respectful and nicely crafted biopic that is unfortunately not so engaging from an emotional point of view nor as memorable as the man who inspired it, and the jumps in time only contribute to dilute our involvement.
A deeply moving, very emotional and extremely powerful motion picture. An unforgettable and extraordinary movie that is packed with great character development, passion, heart and emotion all in a thrilling true story. It's a bold and unapologetic history lesson that digs deep and shows us things we were not aware of and make you respect Mandela more, and see more of his inner and political struggle. Idris Elba is absolutely magnificent, he gives one of the best performances of his career and truly one of the best performances by a male lead in 2013. Naomie Harris gives a remarkable and riveting performance, she truly shines in this role. Harris and Elba give fantastic dedication to their roles. A breathtaking triumph. A movie that is gorgeously crafted and also shakes and moves you.
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