Genre Grandeur – Selma (2014) – Encore Review 3 – MovieRob


For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Biographical Films here’s a review of Sel;ma (2014) by me.

Thanks again to Nick Rehak of French Toast Sunday for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Joe of The MN Movie Man and we will be reviewing our favorite Summer Camp Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jun by sending them to summerjoe@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Joe!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:

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We negotiate, we demonstrate, we resist. ” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Number of Times Seen – 4 (8 Jan 2015, 22 Feb 2015, 12 Jul 2016 and 26 May 2021)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – In 1964, a group of activists for Civil Rights in the South banded together to stage a march in Selma, Alabama to peacefully help change the voting laws.

My Take on it – Amazing film that is quite powerful in its message.

The timing of this movie is superb and it was made 50 years after the actual march, yet as much as things have changed over the 5 decades, things are unfortunately not completely normalized.

I am quite surprised that it took so long to finally make a biopic of Martin Luther King Jr. and this is the perfect venue for such a story because we get to learn so much about his life at home and his life on the battlefield of Democracy.

The film gives the viewer a perspective of the Civil Rights movement on various levels of government that went all the way to the White House.

The cast of this film is amazing with David Oyelowo as King.

In addition, the film has Tom Wilkinson, Oprah Winfrey, Carmen Ejogo, Giovanni Ribisi, Common, Dylan Baker, Tim Roth, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Martin Sheen in very powerful supporting roles that help flesh out the story and characters so well.

It’s truly a travesty that this film didn’t manage to garner more than two Oscar nominations – Best Picture and Best Song (which it won) because it is such a powerful portrayal of the event in Selma and also has such a timely message.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In response to criticisms regarding the film’s historical accuracy, director Ava DuVernay tweeted: “[the] bottom line is folks should interrogate history. Don’t take my word for it or a Lyndon B. Johnson rep’s word for it. Let it come alive for yourself.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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