I’m about a year late in watching this but hey, better late than never, right? I didn’t want to see Mandela, Long Walk To Freedom at the cinema for some reason. The trailer put me off although I can’t remember why at this point. However, this is a brilliant movie.
Based on Mandela’s autobiography, the movie takes the viewer into the life of Mandela from the beginning. Most of us only know that he was imprisoned and what happened after he was released, but the movie does a decent job of showing his transition from a young, upcoming lawyer working inside the system to one taking an armed struggle to the street.
The part that surprised me though was how the movie portrayed Winnie Mandela and her relationship to Nelson. For the first time, I felt like I understood what happened to Winnie, their relationship, and how she came to be the opposite of him as time went on. Maybe ‘opposite’ is the wrong word for you sense he felt the anger and hate as well. The difference was, he was a strong enough person, with enough willpower, to put those urges for revenge aside and do what was best for the country. Imagine South Africa today if there hadn’t been Nelson Mandela.
The script is tight. The acting by Idris Elba and Naomie Harris was top-notch. If I recall correctly, they both were nominated for Oscars. They earned the nominations. I give this movie 5/5 across the board. If you’re looking for a good rental or one to stream this weekend, this is a great choice.