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05/16/2015 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Not 2014's 12 Years A Slave but still good.

Ava DuVernay's Oscar contender 'Selma' is a powerfully acted and beautifully filmed historical drama highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly side of American racial politics. For a PG-13 rated movie, it's surprisingly gruesome in its depiction of the racial violence and sometimes jarring to Martin Luther King's popular image with the constant political maneuvering that King had to endure during the Selma march, sometimes to his personal expense. The cast is large and the major players give good performances but there are so many characters and so much ground to cover that it is confusing at times. It does not help that the pacing is slower than it should be but its effective storytelling capabilities really assist to drive home the point. More importantly, 'Selma' maintains a sense ...

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02/01/2015 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

David Oyelowo + Luther King = Oscar worthy

Martin Luther King, Jr.: "When will we be free? Soon and very soon. Because you shall reap what you saw. When will we be free? Soon".

Selma tells the story of 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 (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernays SELMA tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

Poor Selma, being shut out from the Oscars and BAFTA awards for acting and directing (...

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01/13/2015 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

A Triumph of Inspiration

2014 had a lot of historical biographies based on true stories. While most were great, 'Selma' is easily the best of the bunch. It is dramatized, like all the rest, but it is the most grounded I've seen in a very long time. The people in the film exist in an absolute believable reality and feel completely natural. A cast of terrific talents is assembled. The obvious standout is the central performance of David Oyelowo as the iconic Martin Luther King. He embodies the pure essence of this great individual. I'd cry out in shock if no Academy Award nomination was announced. The film perfectly captures the racial tensions of a certain time. The social theme still holds some relevance in today's society. This makes the deep seeded emotional core ever more palpable. The politics and ...

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