Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom


Category: Biography, Drama, History

Age Restriction: 10LPVS

Length: 139min

Well known names: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto

Rating: 8/10

As the title suggests, this film is based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography “Long walk to Freedom”. It’s an account of his life, since growing up in a small rural village to becoming South Africa’s first black president.

I grew up knowing that change has happened and that Nelson Mandela is our president, but I was too young to have experienced apartheid and all that it stood for. Which means that I knew Nelson Mandela as an old man at the end of a long journey and had no idea of what led him to that point.

Watching this film has given me a glimpse into the life he led, the battles he fought and the mistakes he made. It tells the story of a man fighting for justice and being pushed to a point where he sees no way out but through violence even though he is a man of peace.  It tells the love story of a man and a women filled with passion for their country, but also the sad tale of how their passions grew into complete opposites convictions which tore them apart.

The casting was brilliant with two British actors starring as Mandela and Winnie, they both did wonderful jobs in painting the picture as true as possible. Idris took on the mannerisms, speech patterns and accent of Madiba quite convincingly and even tried his hand at some Xhosa lines, which for an untrained ear sounds quite authentic.

The film imagery was beautifully done and honest in capturing the violence that ensued during this tremulous time, while fading into photo’s that were taken of the actual events. It brought the message home that this truly is where South Africa came from and it’s a privilege to be where we are at.

If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness – Nelson Mandela

With Tata Madiba passing away last night, this is definitely a film that will stay at our box office for a while.

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