Reel Talk: ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’

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Idris Elba stars in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom". (Photo by Keith Bernstein/The Weinstein Company via Getty Images)

Idris Elba stars in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”. (Photo by Keith Bernstein/The Weinstein Company via Getty Images)

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” is 2 hours and 19 minutes of moving and educational film on the life of the late Nelson Mandela, whose lifelong fight to end social injustice changed the world forever.

Be prepared and bring lots of tissues because you will need them for yourself and to share with fellow moviegoers.

British actor Idris Elba is phenomenal as he embodies the chronological history of Mandela’s life as a man, activist, political prisoner and president of South Africa.

Actress Naomie Harris portrays Winnie with such passion, strength and power that there are moments that you wonder if the hero of the movement to end apartheid is Nelson or Winnie.

Director Justin Chadwick is Oscar worthy for his beautiful delivery of the man and the movement that changed a nation and a world forever.

For those interested in taking their children I caution you because there are some very disturbing moments of violence against children and acts of violence in general. I would suggest that you limit it to high school students and engage them in conversation about those horrid decades in the world’s history.

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” is a must for the holiday season. I give this movie 5 heartbeats.

See you at the concession stand next year … Happy holidays!


Justine Love is the director of Community and Public Affairs for CBS Washington, including WPGC. Check back for more Reel Talk reviews.
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