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A great life story deserves a great movie, and this isn’t it. That doesn’t mean the film lacks value, or merit, or that the stars don’t succeed in bringing Nelson and Winnie Mandela to life. But Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is missing a fire of its own. It’s the kind of well-made, well-intentioned film one might assign to students who don’t know anything about the Mandelas. That’s the best back-handed compliment I can pay this adequate but uninspired effort. The always-imposing Idris Elba does a fine job interpreting the (now) larger-than-life figure of Nelson Mandela and following his path from bystander to participant to leader of his people in South Africa. William Nicholson’s...

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