‘mandela’ A Good Reminder But Misses Its Mark

The movie based on his autobiography arrives here 20 days after the death of the South African leader who was compared to Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln by President Obama in his eulogy this month. The London-born Idris Elba, now 41 and a Golden Globe winner for BBC Americas Luther and a familiar face in films such as Thor: The Dark World and Pacific Rim, plays Mandela from roughly age 23 to 76. He seems more robust than Mandela in his later years but helps the illusion by copying the leaders famous accent and enunciation to uncanny effect.
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