Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Selma (2014)

IMDb plot summary: A chronicle of Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
Directed by Ava DuVernay. Starring David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, and André Holland.

I was hoping for this to be... more. It's such a great and powerful story and could make for such a great and powerful movie. The artistic depiction, however, is a little lacking. So much of this movie is dry discussion of tactics shot in uninteresting ways. I found myself sitting impatiently through these sections until we got to the big scenes. The only two scenes, in fact, that I felt really followed through on the emotional impact were the tragic church explosion in the opening segment and the second attempt at the march (with the prayer on the bridge). Everything else is presented in a surprisingly dry, documentary-like fashion. It's an important story, but it loses a lot in the telling.

3 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Selma > Last Action Hero
Selma < Argo
Selma < Crazy Heart
Selma > Black Snake Moan
Selma > The Hangover
Selma < Ramona and Beezus
Selma > Splash
Selma < The Last Unicorn
Selma > Bee Movie
Selma > Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Selma > Choke
Final spot: #918 out of 2325.

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