Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Critic Consensus: It might be too respectful to truly soar, but there's no denying Idris Elba's impressive work in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom -- or the inspirational power of the life it depicts.
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Critic Reviews for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Even those familiar with the history will be impressed and moved to see these events as Mandela experienced them, before the Nobel Prize and universal adulation recast the past in a glow of inevitability.
Nelson Mandela gets the Classics Illustrated treatment with this handsome, undemanding biopic.
The life of Nelson Mandela is simply too big, too complex and too important to be contained in one movie.
Elba has long been better than the film roles he's been offered, a tradition that continues with his leading role here.
You keep wishing, as "Mandela" plays out, that this were more than one movie.
Audience Reviews for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Idris Elba does an impressive job in this respectful and nicely crafted biopic that is unfortunately not so engaging from an emotional point of view nor as memorable as the man who inspired it, and the jumps in time only contribute to dilute our involvement.
A deeply moving, very emotional and extremely powerful motion picture. An unforgettable and extraordinary movie that is packed with great character development, passion, heart and emotion all in a thrilling true story. It's a bold and unapologetic history lesson that digs deep and shows us things we were not aware of and make you respect Mandela more, and see more of his inner and political struggle. Idris Elba is absolutely magnificent, he gives one of the best performances of his career and truly one of the best performances by a male lead in 2013. Naomie Harris gives a remarkable and riveting performance, she truly shines in this role. Harris and Elba give fantastic dedication to their roles. A breathtaking triumph. A movie that is gorgeously crafted and also shakes and moves you.
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