I realize that compressing over seventy years of life into two hours runtime is a losing proposition, but this film seemed determined to blow through it all at an alarming pace. To wit: We watch as Mandela (here played by Idris Elba) meets, courts, and marries his first wife (Evelyn Mase, played by Terry Pheto), they have kids, they fight, they divorce, then Mandela meets, courts, and gets married to his second wife (Winnie Madikizela, played by Naomie Harris), and were HALF AN HOUR IN. The film doesnt slow down until the hour mark, when Mandela and his compatriots are sentenced to life in prison. This means that half the movie is devoted to Mandelas 27 years behind bars. At first, this seemed like a very unwise move.
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PALM SPRINGS: U2 talks Mandela, answers questions at film fest
If he were to to try and plan it so he would get the most attention and focus on his great work and on his values, he couldnt have done a better job [than to have] an amazing movie to come out right at this moment. So were just happy to help in whatever small way we can to shine more light on what he represents and what he did as a leader an international leader, an example to every politician. Bono: An example of how to lead by serving, and by putting away the sort of partisanship that has brought this country to a halt. Very pertinent now, those lessons. Reaching across the aisle. Those are all things he was famous for. The idea of U2 writing a song for a Mandela movie could make people think theyre going to get a big political song. But Ordinary Love isnt that at all.
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Mandela movie ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ gets South Africa premiere
Its using a central image its always true, the human heart is more complex than any politics, political situation, Bono said. Elba said the film was told through the lens not of South African politics, but of the personal relationships of the Mandelas. It was important for us to humanize Mr. Mandela for the audience, because he is so saintly and almost untouchable for most people, especially now.
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Why U2′s Bono Considered Nelson Mandela His ‘Bandleader’
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