Mandela: Der lange Weg zur Freiheit (2013)

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Mandela: Der lange Weg zur Freiheit: Directed by Justin Chadwick. With Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa. A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

“Watched it earlier tonight. A reviewer was right when he said Chadwick had done a by-the-numbers job on it. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI am Not a fan of biopics. However, I did enjoy u0026#39;Gandhiu0026#39;, and, to a relatively lesser extent, u0026#39;Aviatoru0026#39;. Those characters too were undeniably compelling, which made the tales all the more riveting. Mandelau0026#39;s character is definitely one such. However, something was lost in translation when it came to filming Madibau0026#39;s lifeu0026#39;s work, ironically, in the year that he was finally laid to rest. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eNo fault lies with the performers, but choosing to sideline a great many supporting characters and not depict the horrors of apartheid in the year of u0026#39;12 years a slaveu0026#39; (the preview for which played before this one) seems a tad ironic, in not giving the audience something powerful to root against. I donu0026#39;t know if the responsibility rests with the original work itself (in terms of skimming over the details, that is), but the punch, the power, that was sorely needed to make this a rousing epic that it should aspire for, is missing. Someone needs to remake this, if possible, with the same cast, and hopefully make it more powerful/riveting. The old-age makeup on Elba also took me out of the movie multiple times. U2u0026#39;s u0026#39;Ordinary loveu0026#39; plays during the end-credits, but I donu0026#39;t know if the movie would have benefited more from it being played over one of the key sequences (take your pick). Perhaps Justin Chadwick was not the man for this job (He took the bite out of u0026#39;the other Boleyn girlu0026#39;, so that aspectu0026#39;s consistent enough, that did not make him suitable for this job in any case).u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eHaving said all that, this is still a decent effort, just about right in most departments, and far better than other by-the-numbers predictable/routine fare playing at the local multiplex.”

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