Film Review: Selma

Posted on by 5WC in Film

It tells the story of one of the most pivotal moments in American political and civil history. It’s been nominated for Best Picture at the soon to be announced Academy Awards and yet there seems to be more talk about the lack of recognition for David Oyelowo in the leading role than for how potentially good this film may be.

Also, part of me is slightly ashamed to say that before I knew anything about Selma, before I saw the trailer, or connected it back to Martin Luther King and the very important Civil Rights Movement in the United States during the 1960s, for some reason I had painted a picture in my head that this was a horror film. An imaginary mash up of Salem’s Lot and Carrie. I don’t know why I thought that, but I did.¬†And so, when I got to see the trailer, realised the monumental mistake I had made and that in fact, Selma was a portrayal of a groundbreaking¬†moment in American history, and with some Oscar buzz floating around, I owed it to the film to see it. Ignoring the fact that the trailer looked impressive and emotional as well.

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