Film Review | Why I Loved The Movie Selma & Why You Should Love It Too!
Last week, I was invited down to a private screening of Oscar nominated film, Selma. Now before going in I’d heard a lot about this film, as I’m sure you have too, and honestly, it truly didn’t disappoint.
The film tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr’s campaign to secure equal voting rights for black people by organising a huge march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
A bit of backstory…
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was of course still everywhere, and certain rules and regulations within the law made it almost impossible for black people to register to vote.
In 1965, despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers went ahead with the enormous march from Selma to Montgomery, and their brave actions resulted in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – allowing black people the right to vote fairly.
I don’t want to spoil the film for those of you that haven’t seen it yet, but just the first 10 minutes alone will have you jumping out of your seat (I’m not even exaggerating, I literally jumped out of my seat).
David Oyelowo did a fantastic job of playing Martin Luther King and I still don’t understand why he hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar Award, as well as female director Ava DuVernay (who would have made history as the first black woman to be nominated).
David honestly nailed it all… the voice, the body language, look – it really is a shame, but I can’t say I’m surprised that they both got snubbed.
The film did win at the Golden Globes this year however, picking up an award for ‘Best Original Song’.
Although the film has been criticised somewhat for it’s accuracy (although history can never be re-told 100% anyway) – it doesn’t take away from the fact that this is an extraordinary film that MUST be seen by everyone, especially the black community.
If we all don’t support films like these that feature a predominantly black cast, then they won’t be made. And according to certain Sony executives, no one want’s to see a black person in the lead role of film right? Let’s prove them wrong and ALL of us go and support this brilliant film!
Oh and as I mentioned earlier, the award-winning soundtrack is amazing too. If you haven’t heard it already, have a listen below. And although David and Ava missed out, the soundtrack HAS been nominated for an Academy Award along with a nomination for Best Picture… woop!
Selma hits UK cinemas on the 6th February 2015 but if you can’t wait that long, have watch of the trailer above.
Listen to ‘Glory’ by Common & John Legend below…