Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
It's tragically ironic that the very day I received a screener DVD for Mandela is the very day that Mandela died, at 95 years of age. So I thought it a fitting way to pay tribute by choosing it as my evening screening. And that's exactly what this film is: a tribute to the man who brought freedom to blacks in South Africa after spending many years in prison for the cause. And no one could do him justice better than Idris Elba did. (Not even the great Morgan Freeman in 'Invictus', though that performance was good too!) Like Daniel Day-Lewis did for Lincoln last year, it's scary how much Elba embodies Mandela. You can't even tell it's Elba in there! His performance as well as Naomie Harris' as his wife Winnie are definitely the best reasons to see the film. Other than that it's a typical biopic that runs too long and gets a bit sluggish. And unfortunately, considering all the great films this year about blacks and their freedom, this one clearly falls below 'The Butler' and '12 Years a Slave'. But in this case third place isn't bad, and maybe Elba or Harris will pick up some nominations for their great work. R.I.P. Nelson Mandela.