The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay's "Selma" tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.Written by
Miss W J Mcdermott
Some critics have disputed the film's depiction of Lyndon B. Johnson as a reluctant supporter of Voting Rights and an opponent of the Selma March. However, while it's accepted that Johnson was a strong ally of the Civil Rights movement, by some accounts (including those of Civil Rights leader, John Lewis), even with the pressure from Martin Luther King and other activists, his support of the march was with reservation. See more »
When MLK leads the marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a cell phone tower is visible on the right side of the screen. See more »
This is an entertaining drama but it's not for everyone
Selma is a pretty entertaining drama about Martin Luther King, Jr. I think that David Oyelowo did a great job acting. He had a strong role and did a great job bringing the elements of courage and bravery to the screen with his powerful performance. It also had pretty good emotional power in it. This is not for everyone with its talk heavy dialogue but for those who like slower films then this is for them. It doesn't have the same power as "12 Years a Slave" does though. Still, it's good for a few viewings and it is pretty moving at some parts. I was pretty entertained by this. A couple of the boring or slower scenes lost me but there weren't too many of them and most of them were only in the first hour. It did a good job capturing the ugliness of the 1960's with the marches and some other sequences of violence. If you want to see a history lesson on screen then you'll likely enjoy the film.
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