By Kiko Gomez
Our lives are not fully lived if we're not willing to die for those we love, for what we believe.
Selma, Alabama. A place in American history, that many still remember as the pinnacle point of the Civil Rights movement. In the film, so much of the historical moments breaths timelessly. Selma brings to life a era that was still in the mist of so many tragedies. Even though know we most of the outcome of the events, it is still remarkably refreshing into the inside story of how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the events of the Selma march.
This film is the story of the march in Selma, Alabama. It chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The legendary march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. This film tells the bold story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his brothers and sisters in the civil rights movement prompted change that forever altered history.
What a remarkable actor that is David Oyelowo as King. He brings to life to a legendary figure to the big screen. Oyelowo's portrayal of King is an undeniable performance. Each speech and word that is of King's is undoubtedly powerful and human. Even though there are remarkable actors and actresses throughout the film, this is King's story and the people who he led to change a social wrong.
Much of the film delves into King's personal life and the choices he makes for the people that he is leading in Selma. In the rest of the film, we also get to see a daring portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson and the political choices he has to deal with about Dr. King's actions in Selma. Powerful leaders such as George Wallace do get their place in the film and cleverly explores the motivation of each individual. The film's strong performances give weight to the relevance and history of Selma. Notable standouts include Carmen Ejogo's Coretta Scott King and Andre Holland's Andrew Young.
Without a doubt, this is a must see film in all history classes in America. Selma brings an undeniable lesson on race. Without King and many of the people who gave their life to the Civil Rights movement, we as a nation would be separate,but not equal. Selma brings heart and thought as each moment in time passes in the film. Selma is a strong testament to that era and what it meant to many people of that time. Change can happen if you're willing to risk everything order to gain something monumental in return. That's the lesson and legacy of King and Selma provided in history.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.