David Oyelowo stars as Martin Luther King Jr. in this historical drama set during the height of the American civil-rights movement, and depicting the marches from Selma, AL, to the state capital of Montgomery to secure voting rights for black people. Brad Pitt and Oprah Winfrey produce and Ava DuVernay (I Will Follow, Middle of Nowhere) directs. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Director: Ava DuVernay
Cast: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Carmen Ejogo, Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi
Release Date: Dec 25, 2014
Rated PG-13 for Brief Strong Language, A Suggestive Moment, Disturbing Thematic Material and Violence
Runtime: 2 hr. 8 min.
Selma is an excellent film which captures the 60’s civil rights movement but feels timely at the same time. Ava DuVernay’s direction, helped by some beautiful and evocative cinematography, provides immediacy to the entire story. As a result the film rarely drags even though there are a few moments where it could have been trimmed, just a tad. At the center of it all is a mesmerizing David Oyelowo who delivers a career making performance as King. Oyelowo captures King’s voice inflections perfectly but it’s more than just mimicry. The script gives us a King that’s very human and Oyelowo brings that to the screen perfectly. We see the passion, some of the failings and pain King went through along with some wonderfully engrossing reenactments of famous speeches. The rest of the cast was strong with nary a weak link in the cast even though I’d love to have seen a bit more of King’s relationship with his wife, played well by Carmen Ejogo. Selma is a sure fire awards candidate, it’s also the type of film that may make your eyes well up on more than a few occasions.