Competent but plodding biopic
- Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom review by PV
This is an at-times plodding biopic of Nelson Mandela, good in parts and interesting, but spoilt by overbearing Hollywood blockbuster music and the Hollywood-by-numbers script.
The film does address the issue of the murderous Winnie Mandela, but it is far too generous to her (she has been convicted of killing children, after all...)
It also only touches on Nelson Mandela's belief in violence which was stronger than shown here back in the 1950s (he changed his mind on that in prison). It completely leaves out the communist sympathies of Mandela and the ANC too. It ignores massive ANC brutality and corruption, and that of the extended Mandela family too: it tries to make them a 'first family' of a saint, in effect.
Having said all that, any biopic of Mandela was always going to be a hard ask, and this one is competent at least. Good acting all round. Though some confusing parts - especially at the beginning - and why are we never told how Mandela got the name Nelson?
I sort of preferred the movie 'Invicta' which is about Mandela's time in prison and his relationship with a guard. However, this movie had to tell a whole life story, which is always tricky, and why the script focused on easy villains (whites) and heroes (all blacks).
Too long really too, as usual for Hollywood movies.
Worth a watch so 3 stars.
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