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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

2013

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Golden Globe-Winner Idris Elba stars in this moving biography of Nelson Mandela, the jailed activist who became President of South Africa and helped rebuild the once-segregated society.

Starring:
Idris Elba, Naomie Harris
Runtime:
2 hours, 21 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Justin Chadwick
Starring Idris Elba, Naomie Harris
Supporting actors Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva, Simo Mogwaza, Fana Mokoena, Thapelo Mokoena, Jamie Bartlett, Deon Lotz, Terry Pheto, Zikhona Sodlaka, S'Thandiwe Kgoroge, Tshallo Sputla Chokwe, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, James Cunningham, Zenzo Ngqobe, Gys de Villiers, David Butler, Robert Hobbs
Studio The Weinstein Company
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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At the heart of Justin Chadwick's film lies a wondrous central performance by Idris Elba. Although facially unlike Nelson Mandela, he captures the great man's mannerisms and speech-patterns with uncanny accuracy. Throughout his long life, depicted in MANDELA from his humble beginnings as a lawyer to his final accession to the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa in the mid-1990s, he comes across as a devoted family man, who is nonetheless devoted to the nationalist cause. When faced with a choice between domesticity and politics, he inevitably chooses the latter option. This might not necessarily be the best for him, but it is something that he believes he must do for the cause of the African National Congress. Although not by nature a violent man, Elba's Mandela is nonetheless pragmatic; as the Sixties wear on, he understands that violence is necessary in order to advance the cause of African equality in the apartheid regime. While this performance stands out in the film, the handling of post-1945 South African history is superficially handled. We are not told why the apartheid regime came into being in the late Forties; nor does the film explain how and why it fundamentally differed from the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. For the first half-hour, the film adopts a comic-strip approach to history; a series of apparently disparate sequences follow one another with little concern for historical coherence. It is only when Mandela is sent to Robben Island for life imprisonment that the structure becomes more comprehensible. When Mandela is released from prison, the film once again fails to provide explanations for the sudden outbreak of violence in the townships following his release, when it seemed that African was fighting African as well as the white minority.Read more ›
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The film covers from the time Mandela (Idris Elba) was a child entering manhood to his election. It touches on problems in his personal life, including infidelity. It touches on tire necklaces. It ignores much of the pressure brought on by the international community.

I liked the acting. At 2 1/2 hours, the film weighs on you as you watch it. Mandela in prison struggling to get long pants while international boycotts go unmentioned. Granted this was not a documentary about the movement, but a bio of Mandela. Still I felt his significance on the world front was diminished. From a human point of view, I liked the film "Winnie Mandela" with Jennifer Hudson better than this one.

The theme, You alone are small, your people are mighty, was mentioned a couple of times, but the film didn't make any great lengths to demonstrate it. A better theme would have been one of forgiveness, something mentioned in the film. Mandela's involvement in the 1995 Rugby World Cup I think would have made a better ending, driving home the point of unity and forgiveness.

Parental Guide: No sex, people undressing as if to have sex. No nudity, prison men in underwear. Maybe an F-bomb of two, hard to tell with accents. 3 1/2 stars
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This is an interesting movie, as Mandela is an icon around the world. His life story is fascinating. South Africa is also a beatific ill country. The acting in the film was average. Idris Elba who plays Mandela was outdone by the woman who plays Winnie Mandela, in my opinion. He was ok but she was more believable. Still it was an entertaining film and enjoyed it.
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Great acting from Idris Elba and Naomi. The film was enlightening, especially towards the end before Mandela was released from prison, it's surprising to learn how s*** scared the government were about the possibility of a black uprising happening. The film depicted key moments in Nelsons life, not an easy biography to film in such short time, but nicely portrayed.
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Long, strong depiction of the way it was. Wish there had been a way to emphasize the enormity of his time imprisoned; I remember feeling overwhelmed that this man could walk out of that length of incarceration and be so gracious, so forgiving, so ready to try to heal the country. It is a terribly sad but absolutely necessary look at the worst and best of what man is capable of. He wasn't perfect, but what a saint. Very well done, honestly and with an appropriately epic brush.
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Ah, Mandela. I started his book several years ago, but just got so overwhelmed by names and minute details, I never finished the book. A book club member chose this as their selection, so I decided to get the audio version, and enjoyed that more, but still didn't complete it. Thank you for the movie. That really helped. Was able to fill in the parts that for me were missing from the internet. The movie is well acted and I enjoyed it. My partner is still listening to the audio and he likes it very much and said it improved as it went on. A very intriguing life, a wonderful person who really stayed true to his values and had the courage and strength to share his story with the world. I appreciate Mandela's need to give everyone their due credit, and perhaps it was because the names are unfamiliar that at times it was hard to keep up. The movie was great and a true gift to someone like me.
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