in about 100 words or less
US 127m, Colour
Director: Ava DuVernay; Cast: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Andre Holland, Tessa Thompson, Giovanni Ribisi, Lorraine Toussaint, Stephan James, Wendell Pierce, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Dylan Baker, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.
Selma is a historical drama about the political process that was inspired by the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark victory for the American Civil Rights Movement. As such an important part of American history, Selma’s slow pacing, over-scripting and the lack of Martin Luther King’s own words, fail to convey the full power and meaning of these events. Finally, the use of the song “Glory” in the final march sequence proves to be an odd choice for this historic period drama (Klaus Ming February 2015).