Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

PG-13   |    |  Biography, Drama, History

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A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

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  • Idris Elba in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
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  • Zindzi Mandela at an event for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
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16 December 2013 | richieandsam
| A truly educational film.

The timing of this movie was a big coincidence. The movie is being released just as Nelson Mandela died. I don't even know if he got to see the final product.

This film is about Nelson Mandela. The former South African president. The man who changed the world by fighting for equal rights for black people. Nelson spent 27 years in prison because he was fighting for his beliefs.

The movie is an educational experience. I knew about Nelson Mandela a bit before watching the movie. The man is an icon and inspiration to millions around the world, but I will admit to not knowing too much about the full story. This film showed me what he was fighting against and fighting for. The man went through so much and lost so much of his life in jail.

The violence through the film was harsh and horrible to watch, but not because it was gory… but because you knew that these events actually happened. Nobody should have to go through this kind of treatment all because of the colour of their skin.

The acting was amazing throughout the movie by everyone. I honestly feel that this film could win Oscars. Idris Elba played nelson Mandela through the years. He was very convincing and did a brilliant job at portraying the man himself. Naomie Harris played Nelson's wife, Winnie. Naomie was probably the best actress in the movie. I actually felt bad for Winnie. She was such a strong woman and went through so much. She stuck by Nelson and their beliefs and got punished for it for many years. Winnie deserves a film all about her. I also felt very sorry for their children. They saw so much violence and mistreatment. The whole film was very horrible to watch, but to be honest I am glad they showed us. What I liked also was the fact that they used real footage through some of the movie. You actually saw news footage of the riots and violence that went on.

The one bad thing that I can say about this movie is the makeup. It is amazing how far the effects have come in the movie business. They can make a car turn into a robot and make it look real, they can blow up a building and make it look real, they can do pretty much anything they want and it can look realistic… but they can't make a young man look old without the prosthetics looking plastic. Honestly, the makeup when Mandela was old looked bad. You could tell that he was wearing plastic make up. It didn't ruin the movie, but it was quite bad.

I really enjoyed the movie and I loved the photos that they showed of the real Nelson Mandela through the end credits. It really made the point seeing the photos of the real people going through what you have just seen acted out on screen.

Nelson Mandela. R.I.P.

I will give this film 7 out of 10.

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