Selma: The One Film to See This Year

Selma, Movies

 

On Tuesday, I had the privilege of attending an advance screening of the movie Selma, which is to be released everywhere today. A powerful and riveting film, Selma chronicles the three month period in 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) led a ground breaking and dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights. The historical march from Selma, Alabama to the capital in Montgomery put the Civil Rights Movement front and center, which led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

With dynamic performances, stellar directing and an amazing script, this film captures a moment in history that hasn’t been highlighted to this magnitude before now. While Dr. King remains at the center of the plot, the movie does a fantastic job of displaying the story of a movement and plight that goes far beyond him. We catch glimpses into the lives of those surrounding Dr. King, who also sacrificed and placed their lives on the line in the pursuit of equality. We witness their fears, struggles and courage in the emotional and powerful delivery of their sub-plots. And we are reminded of the bravery and heroism these individuals displayed in the wake of such blatant violence being rained down upon them.

It’s the insight into their struggles and lives that allows this film to develop a more dynamic view of Martin Luther King. For the first time, we are allowed to see behind the veil of greatness into his insecurities, failings and personal struggles, which are brilliantly combined with his grand oratory and strategical abilities.

David Oyelowo magnificently embodies Dr. King in a vibrant and humanizing portrayal of this great leader. With such an amazing supportive cast, which included Tim Roth, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Nigel Thatch and Oprah Winfrey, and strong emotion-inducing scenes, this thought-provoking film reflects perfectly on our society in such a timeless manner. With civil unrest in areas such as Ferguson, couples fighting for their right to be married, and the attempts to change the Voting Rights Act in various states, it’s obvious that we are still struggling to reach a point of equality. But, I’m sure we will all agree that Selma is one of the most powerful films of the year.

Will you be watching Selma this weekend? 

 

  • How cool to see it in advance! I’m glad it was worth it and that you liked it.

    I’m a wuss when it comes to movies like these – I tend to avoid the tough ones. I’d rather read tough subject matter than see it play out on screen.

    Especially right now with the climate in this country and how far we really haven’t come on race and gender issues.

    • The subject matter is definitely tough and very relevant to today’s society. We couldn’t stop talking about how it reflected back on issues that we are still dealing with. It’s such a sad reality and I shed a few tears during the film, so I don’t blame you for preferring to read about the tough issues instead. 🙂

  • I am so excited to see this! I’m so glad to hear such an amazing review!

  • this sounds interesting – i’m not big on going to the movies so i’ll wait for it on dvd. i’m a bit like steph and a bit of a wuss seeing things like this on the big screen.

    • I definitely shed a few tears during the movie, so I don’t blame you for waiting. But, I absolutely recommend seeing it when it does come out on DVD. 🙂

  • Im so excited to see this movie!!! So lucky you had an advanced screening!! Have a great weekend! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • I was so excited to get advanced passes at the last minute! And I’m so happy that I went. It’s probably the most powerful movie I’ve seen in a long time. Let me know what you think when you get a chance to watch it. Have a great weekend! 🙂

  • I’m so looking forward to seeing this movie. I’ve waited over the holiday to see it and now it’s here. Such a wonderful post.

    Kay of Pure & Complex
    http://www.purecomplex.com

    • Thanks, Kay! I was so excited to see this movie. Let me know what you think, too. 🙂

  • I just heard about this movie on the radio this morning. Some of it was actually filmed in Selma, AL (I live in AL) so I thought that was really cool!

    • That’s pretty awesome! I’m sure you’ll recognize some of those places then. I’m always so excited when I see a place in a movie that I’ve been to. Hah.

  • This sounds amazing and I will add it to the movie list!

    • You should! It’s such a great movie. Let me know what you think if you do watch it. 🙂

  • Looks like a really cool movie, I would love to see it!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • It was so much better than I expected. I hope you enjoy it. I’d love to hear your opinion about it if you do see it. 🙂

  • I can’t wait to see this! Your review made that even more clear. I was wondering if you had any thoughts on the role of LBJ in the film? I watch watching the director be interviewed on The Daily Show and I guess there’s a massive controversy in how he is portrayed. Did you notice anything?

    • People are upset because in the movie he’s portrayed as being a little resistant to equal voting rights. I feel like the director and writer chose to do so in order to demonstrate the opposition and tension that MLK faced during this time. Here’s a great article my friend posted about it on FB:

      http://time.com/3658593/selma-lbj-history/

      Honestly, the portrayal of LBJ didn’t bother me. I feel like most Hollywood movies aren’t 100% true to the real stories, so this one is no surprise. It’s still a powerful and moving film about a time that has mostly been ignored in Hollywood before now. But, let me know what you think when you see the movie. 🙂

      • I was a little surprised when I found out all the controversy was over this I’ll be honest. It seems blown out of proportion and makes me wonder which parties are the ones complaining. Thanks for the article! That was an interesting read. I’m excited to see this movie as it’s so relevant to today’s ongoing events. I hope if the rumors are true and it’s poised to win a few Golden Globes tonight it will spur more people to see it!

        • I completely agree! It’s been blown way out of proportion. While they may not have portrayed LBJ 100% accurately, the movie still got a lot of it right. I feel like they wouldn’t have been complaining if it hadn’t been the president who was misrepresented. I wish it would have won more awards last night. But, I did love Common’s speech. 🙂

          • Common’s speech was one of the best definitely!

  • Talk about a well-timed movie. Give us a teaser before we watch it! Did you see it already?

    • I did and I loved it! It’s such a powerful and moving film that is still so relevant to our society today. 🙂 I hope you get to watch it.

  • It sounds really interesting! How neat that you got to see it early! x

    • I was so excited to score those tickets! 🙂 I hope you get to see the movie, too.

  • Pretty cool that you get to see it in advance. Sounds like one I’d enjoy 🙂

    • I hope you get to see it! 🙂 Let me know what you think if you do watch it.

  • Wow, what a powerful trailer. I want to watch it when it comes out over here. I know it’ll make uncomfortable viewing, but I’m willing to be uncomfortable until everyone has the same privileges that I do as a white person.

    • Very well said, Leah! It might be uncomfortable, but life is often uncomfortable. And until everyone is equal, we must continue to make people feel uncomfortable in the hope that they will finally just get it. 🙂 I hope you like the movie when you get the chance to see it.

  • Thanks for posting this review! I was thinking about going to see it but now I’ll definitely make sure I do 🙂

  • Wonderful review!
    I’ve been trying to convince the program director at our local theatre to screen this one. Fingers crossed!!

    • Thanks, Andrea! It would be such a wonderful movie to screen. It has such a powerful message. Good luck!

  • I look very much forward seeing this movie. I read about at Leah’s blog which again had seen it here. Looks like a strong movie. xx

    • It really is such a powerful movie. I hope you like it! And I’d love to know what you think after you see it. 🙂