Winnie Mandela [Blu-ray]
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I am so glad I paid no attention to the review. I went to the movie because I like both Mr. Howard and Ms. Hudson as actors and I am fascinated by the story of Nelson and Winnie Mandela. (I will never forget hearing Mr. Mandela-- I believe Ms. Mandela was in attendance-- speak in Atlanta in 1990 soon after his having being freed from all those years as a political prisoner.) I left the theatre wondering if Mr. Holden and I saw the same movie. First these two actors give commanding, riveting performances. And while it is not a requirement to play a historical figure, both these Mr. Howard and Ms. Hudson resemble Nelson and Winnie Mandela, particularly Mr. Howard to Mr. Mandela, something that adds to their performances. (Think Daniel Day Lewis in "Lincoln.") I fully expected to see five minutes of the character Nelson Mandela. Wrong. Even though he is sentenced to prison at Robben Island, he remains very much a part of his wife's life, at least for a time, and in the movie. And I ask, can a stick figure weep? The movie is called "Winnie Mandela"-- based on a biography-- after all.Read more ›
The film contains the expected grand speeches, self sacrifice, tear jerking moments with appropriate sound track. It leaves criticism of Winnie up to the audience. I felt the acting, which was good, needed to be taken up a notch as it seemed to lack a degree of expected passion. There also seems to be a disconnect between the effect of the movement, world pressure, and the decision to free Mandela and end apartheid which would normally climax a film. Even as the film was about her, these events which she dedicated her life to should have been better presented.
Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
It is rarely told that she was in solitary confinement for over 1 year. Even Nelson Mandela was not subjected to total isolation like this and constant harassment! I think that the movie is balanced because it tells her life story, versus focusing on what is in the news media. Jennifer Hudson gives a stellar performance as always!
I can see why Winnie Mandela was upset with the producers of this movie. After watching this movie, I can't wait until Long Walk to Freedom (starring Idris Elba) comes to dvd.
Hopefully, someone will make another Winnie Mandela movie that's more in-depth. Sorry T.D. Jakes presents - you get a C- on this one.
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Love it! Winnie Mandela to me is a movie about the strength of love and the mother of a nation. Be strong Winnie much love to you and thank you for fighting for Black people!Published 9 months ago by Fist of Legend