‘Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ – A Review: Radical Man, Conventional Movie
The verdict This earnest account of the life of the late South African leader is a powerful film, driven by a wonderful performance by Idris Elba. It may well be a rather conventional though lengthy biopic but it does a great job in celebrating a remarkable man. Coming so soon after Mandelas death it has even more resonance, and there is much to appreciate in its determination to compress his autobiography. And the movie-makers dont shy away from more uncomfortable aspects of his life, such as his womanising and failed first marriage. Director Justin Chadwick never tries to overcomplicate the story, instead presenting his life in a straightforward manner. Elba best known for TVs Luther and The Wire is strikingly good as Mandela, presenting him as a charming and charismatic character. It is a tough role given Mandelas stature, but often the film is at its best when it tackles the man as much as the myth. View gallery “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” Premiere View gallery Equally impressive is Naomie Harris Moneypenny in the last Bond film who plays Mandelas second wife Winnie with a zeal and anger that contrasts with her husbands more placid approach. Their scenes together give the film a welcome dash of humanity amid the more momentous political and social moments. And the fact that Winnie is a driven and complex individual makes her an intriguing foil for such a quietly powerful man. There is a niggling sense that the structure is a little too balanced as it ticks off the major events in Mandelas life (including his imprisonment alongside Ahmed Kathrada, played by Riaad Moosa). But then his life is just too dramatic not to be always moving and fascinating.
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