Seldom has a movie that has been anticipated for so long, lived up to expectations, but Long Walk to Freedom matched and exceeded my expectations.
There are no words to describe how touching and powerful this movie is! And, even though we all know Madiba’s story, this 2.5 hour movie is totally riveting.
I laughed, I cried and I marvelled at the phenomenon that is Nelson Mandela.
The movie is based on Madiba’s autobiography of the same name, and follows his life through his childhood days in Qunu, his teenage passage to manhood, his days as a lawyer and “ladies man” in Johannesburg, his marriage to Evelyn, his joining the ANC, his courtship and marriage to Winnie, his arrest and subsequent imprisonment, his unprecedented rise to fame, his release and his election and inauguration as president of South Africa.
There are some very moving scenes in this movie which really highlight the sacrifices that Madiba and his family made for an ideal that he so strongly believed in. Indeed, every South African should take a moment to reflect on how much we owe this remarkable man.
Idris Elba is such a believable Mandela. I defy anyone to tell me that any South African actor could have played the part better. And, he is such a gorgeous man too! In fact, the entire cast is extraordinarily brilliant.
This movie is a must-see for every South African, and especially the children, who have always been Mandela’s passion.
My heart swelled with pride, knowing that the whole world loves this man, but he is OURS!
The movie was directed by Justin Chadwick and produced by Anant Singh and opens to great acclaim, on 28 November, at cinemas countrywide.