December 24, 2014

David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo in SELMA.

Directed by: Ava DuVernay

Written by: Paul Webb

Cast: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Roth, Alessandro Nivola, Cuba Gooding Jr., Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, Giovanni Ribisi, Common


Running Time: 122 minutes

SELMA is not perfect, but it is powerful, and should be your first choice when choosing a Christmas released film. Why? Because this is a film about an important moment in U.S. history when disenfranchised African-Americans peacefully protested against institutional racism. Sound familiar? At the center of the film is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) who organized a civil rights march in Selma, Alabama, to force President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) to introduce the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to Congress. As for the technicals, Ava DuVernay’s direction is a little unfocused, but gets better by the time we arrive in Selma. Both Oyelowo and Wilkinson are very good, but Tim Roth is miscast as George Wallace.

Grade: A-

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