Synopsis: Biopic of Martin Luther King's campaign for equal voting rights for blacks in 1965 Alabama.
Stan's thoughts: There has been a shameful lack of awards nominations for this film. Rather than trying to do a cradle to the grave biopic the narrative concentrates on particular period of Martin Luther King's life and a specific campaign to get equal voting rights which culminated in protest marches in Selma, Alabama.
David Oyelowo's performance as King is breathtaking to watch and ably supported by a whole bunch of brilliant British thesps - Tom Wilkinson as president Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta King and Tim Roth as Governor George Wallace.
The history that this film portrays is shocking and the method with which victory is secured inspiring but the film also delves into Dr King's family life, the tension between his political career and role as father and husband.
It is delicately handled and roundly presented, oozing with tension it's not always easy to watch but rewarding nonetheless.
- Stan’s 85%
- IMDB 76%
- Metascore 89%
- Rotten Tomatoes 99%
- RT Audience Rating* 87%
* Number of people rating 3.5/5 or higher