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Plot: 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. Runtime: 139 mins Release Date: 18 Dec 2013
Mandela movie shows his vision and conviction but also the heartbreaking consequences to his personal life. (by carmenmartino)
I saw this movie on Sept. 8 at the Toronto Film Festival. It was an honest and powerful portrayal of Mandela the man and the toll his striving for a better South African society took on his personal life. The movie showed how his first marriage crumbled because his wife couldn't take his long absences from her and their 4 children while his role in the ANC and the anti-apartheid movement became his greater focus. Although he explained to her that he was doing this work for all of South Africa's black people and the children who were growing up in those oppressed conditions, his own <more>
children suffered for his strong convictions for the greater good. He married a woman he truly loved, Winnie, and had 2 daughters with her. Although Winnie supported and fought alongside Mandela for the cause, this family ultimately suffered, too, when he continued his campaign with the ANC and it turned to more drastic means to send a message to the South African government. As a result of his arrest and conviction for those actions, he spent 27 years away from his young family. There were some truly heart-wrenching moments and the actor who played Mandela, Idris Elba, convincingly conveyed the doubts and regrets that Mandela felt in not being able to be with his wife and children all those years.The movie showed this personal side of the Mandela story well. It skipped through the facts that are well known and easily accessed. This wasn't the focus of the movie. Now knowing the great sacrifices he endured to achieve the freedom he desired for all black South Africans, it made me ever more grateful for having witnessed a small part of the Mandela story. I was part of the "Free Mandela" movement in the late '80's and I saw him speak when he came to Toronto in 1990. Seeing this movie, with it's inclusion of live footage from that time, brought back memories of the emotions of the era, the "Boycott South African goods" campaign, the elation when Mandela was finally freed, and feeling the goosebumps when he spoke. He was, and is, one of the most inspiring, great leaders of our time. I highly recommend everyone go see this movie when it is widely released. It will leave you wanting to learn more about Mandela I plan to read his autobiography bearing the same name as the movie , and maybe even go out and do your part to make this a better society too, however small the contribution. As Mandela says in the movie, "Alone we have no power, together, we have the power to change the world".
I'm calling it now: 'Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom' WILL be nominated for Best Picture by the Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Why? It has all the right ingredients. It portrays a worldwide hero cinematically and truthfully not that the Academy cares about the truth, just look at Argo . Nelson Mandela wasn't a perfect man and the filmmakers admit to that straight of the bat. They also don't just go from scene to scene plotting out Mandela's life, they take their time and allow the audience to enter South Africa and its people and places. It's a <more>
very cinematic film. It also allows the audience to leave the theater inspired. I found myself suddenly having a greater appreciation for finding the good in people. I definitely credit this to Alex Heffes, the musical composer who really pulled off a score that I would say is better than some of John Williams' score. It's made by an underdog filmmaker, something the Academy always looks for and is even endorsed by Mandela himself. It's a fantastic film that I have had the pleasure to see and I hope to see Justin Chadwick and Anant Singh at the Oscars in February.
Movies like Che Part I, Gandhi, and other true story inspirational movies are not meant to be missed, these movies show passion that is in every person on the planet to stand up and overcome evil and oppression. That a group of people and a country can rise up and rebel if they are ridiculed by their oppressors, that they can rise up for freedom. This movie gives many aspects of the life that Mandela lived.Mandela was truly a leader of leaders, the country needed to have a leader that was not afraid and the country needed to be united. Some of the scenes are as real as it was and depicted <more>
very well from the book entitle with the same title. Idris Elba deserves many awards for this movie, even though I did not like his accent for Mandela, but nonetheless the acting is where the magic is in his character.This movie is mainly about the great Mandela, but mostly it is about the movement, the journey, and the fights, that occurred during that time. This movie was made for people who are too young to know about this magnificent and historic act that Mandela did. And for the old to remember and for all to never forget.
A Magnificent Film about a One of the Great Figures of Our Time (by JustCuriosity)
I had the privilege of viewing a sneak preview of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom at the Austin Film Festival. This magisterial biopic is likely to become the definitive film treatment of the life of Nelson Mandela. It is beautifully filmed and as grand as the beauty of South Africa itself. It is an epic inspiring account of the life of Nelson Mandela spanning his entire adult life from the 1940s to his assumption of the Presidency of South Africa in 1994. The film presents Mandela as both a larger than life heroic figure and at the same time as human being struggling with an almost <more>
unimaginable burden as the human exemplar of his nation's struggle. The film is impressive and will bring Mandela's story to millions around the world. The storytelling is powerful. The portrait of Mandela by Idris Elba is impressive as he presents his journey from young adult to grandfather of new multi-racial nation. He develops from an immature young man to man for whom suffering has created great wisdom, heroism and leadership. While he is presented as a hero, the film still manages to capture his human flaws through the difficulties with both his first and second wives. His dedication to his peoples' struggle comes at deep personal cost. The film is entrancing and deeply moving. The struggle of his wife Winnie Mandela – portrayed by Naomie Harris - is also deeply moving. She dedicates herself to her husband's struggle, but in some way her struggle is more difficult than his. The pain that strengthens him seems to embitter her and drive the two of them apart. Their love for each other and their courage is both inspiring and tragic. The portrayal of their marriage is heartbreaking. Their marriage becomes yet another casualty of the struggle against Apartheid. While reviewers will undoubtedly find fault or historical inaccuracies, the film seems an honest portrayal of one of the great figures and one of the great struggles of the 20th century. It is highly recommend for those seeking a little more hope and inspiration.
Mandela: Long Way To Freedom English : The film which is releasing in India after 2 months 24 January 2014 of it's international release a week before Nelson Mandela's death , is indeed a nice cinematic outing based on the Classic Hollywood narrative style. Despite the film losing it's track while focusing more on the life and times of Late Nelson Mandela, the film scores with it's screenplay William Nicholson based on the autobiography written by the legend himself, then comes the production designing work by Johnny Breedt, whose brilliantly portrays the Apartheid times <more>
on screen, the cinematography by Lol Crawly whose shots brilliantly bring out the best of the legend and his times and then the proper placement of music score as well as the archival footages within the film's coarse, the the performances by the lead. The best among them comes the performance by Idris Elba who greatly delivers a performance that's worth cherishing and successfully brings out the portrayal of Madiba well and then comes the narration by the director Justin Chadwick, who keeps you engaged and sympathize with the film's journey to freedom. Not to be missed! My rating would be: 4/5.
This movie isn't perfect - after seeing it one wonders why it wasn't made so. After all, it's about one of the most important people of the 20th Century! It shows his roots in his tribe, revisiting this theme throughout, helping to explain several of his life's turning points. The tribal traditions explain his interest in helping the black populace in South Africa, and his gradual radicalization. 20+ years later, he was at odds with his political party and fellow freedom fighters when the Apartheid government started putting out peace feelers. He's shown struggling <more>
internally with power-sharing delaying true democracy and his 2nd wife's - Winnie Mandela - terrorist activities. I think they could have highlighted his decision to walk away from power - ala George Washington - and peacefully transfer power. This was a first, and still isn't routine in Africa! Idris Elba's performance clearly puts him in contention for best-actor Oscar.
As a 37 year old white South African, who never really saw, felt or experienced Apartheid and the way SA was back then as I was too young, I now have a much better appreciation for all the suffering, discrimination and pain that was caused.Nelson Madela gave up most of his adult life for a cause which has now come full circle and SA is now better off for it, mostly.A powerful movie, that shows a man more passionate about equality and human rights than his own well being, and sadly at the detriment of his own family.I strongly recommend every single South African to watch this movie, <more>
Mandela's struggle played brilliantly by Elba (by CMTiago)
Nelson Mandela is a man that should be remembered for his incredible fighting spirit that not only helped him achieve his goals, but also be remembered as an important leader to his people. When making movie about such an iconic and historic figure, one has to cast the perfect actor. Idris Elba was very much the right man for the job. The actor is Mandela in every scene he appears and shares the same emotions as our real life protagonist. This is clearly one of the best roles of the year and one of my personal favorites. Naomie Harris is not far off either as Winnie, Madiba's second wife, <more>
a woman who stands by her man during his imprisonment, and slowly drifts apart from him as she no longer feels she knows him and his intentions. Much has been said about the movie's plot flaws, something I do not agree with as I found it to be quite entertaining and a great homage to the legend that is Nelson Mandela. Great performances in a fantastic movie.Rating 8/10
I have seem many biopics of famous figures. I have just never seen one in the cinema on the day of the subject's funeral.Mandela: Long walk to freedom was always bound to be an emotional affair with his recent passing and here is an opportunity to find a dramatisation of his life in contrast with the recent eulogies in the news.Some of the people saying nice things about Mandela were people who branded him a terrorist a few years ago and wanted him hanged.The film is a straight forward biography that condenses Mandela's life without too much of the artiness or metaphors which biopics <more>
these days tends to do.The downside is, events are rushed through and other comrades in the ANC's struggle are sidelined or absent.We see Mandela as the young ambitious lawyer something that was overlooked in his time in prison where journalists liked to see him painted as an ex-boxer and terrorist. This switches to Mandela as a ladies man in the evening. Pretty soon he is married with children and his involvement with the ANC becomes serious. He divorces his first wife and then we switch to Mandela in his 40s when he meets Winnie. Then there is his arrest and imprisonment in Robben island.It is only during imprisonment we see the divergence in his and Winnie's life. Winnie and her treatment by the police making her more extreme and prone to violence while the now older Mandela is in secret talks with the government.After his release we see his struggles with Winnie who is implicated in murder through her security team and his struggle to achieve a peaceful transition to turn South Africa into a full democracy without rancour and bitterness of the past.Idris Elba gets the voice right but in the early scenes he has too much of his police character Luther about him with his gait and only seems comfortable with the older Nelson.Naomie Harris also hits her stride with the older and more bitter Winnie Mandela as well.However this is a film to educated you about the life of Nelson Mandela and in that it succeeds very well.There are things left out such as after he became President, his failures to close the economic inequality gap between the rich whites and the still poor blacks. There is nothing about the Truth & Reconciliation hearings which allowed the country to move away from the bitterness of apartheid.