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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – review

2 January 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Idris Elba gives a powerful central performance in a biopic that treads respectfully while not shying from the uglier truths of the Anc's fight against apartheid

Justin Chadwick's decent, respectful and respectable account of Nelson Mandela's life is vigorously scripted by William Nicholson, and intelligently acted by Idris Elba and Naomie Harris; it appears by a remarkable stroke of fate at almost at the same historical moment as Mandela's death, an event for which the western media had long prepared the shooting script of their own response. The memorial event was naturally expected to be as calm and uplifting as an Olympic ceremony, just the sort of moment which in movie terms would furnish the opening scene, and from which the main drama would then unfold in flashback. In fact, of course, the event was disconcertingly chaotic and even faintly surreal, with press and media unsure quite »

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