Filmmaker Justin Chadwick uses a familiar, reverential approach to his dramatized subject, the challenging life and times of Nelson Mandela, from his roots in the South African countryside to his long stretch as a political prisoner to his election as president of that former colony. But that doesn’t mean we can’t learn something from the movie. Such as the fact that he was true revolutionary; likewise his wife Winnie. On the down side, actor Idris Elba is not allowed much leeway in portraying Mandela – other than a few sexual flings in his youth he’s a saint the whole way through. Costarring Naomie Harris as Winnie, also with Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, and Deon Lotz. Runs through his life at warp speed and still takes two and half hours (139 min.).
Director: Justin Chadwick
Producer: Anant Singh, David Thompson, Cameron McCracken, François Ivernel, Geoffrey Qhena, Basil Ford, Sudhir Pragjee, Sanjeev Singh, Philisiwe Mthethwa and Hlengiwe Makhathini
Cast: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riadd Moosa, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwi Matshikiza, Deon Lotz and Terry Pheto
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom