IT IS AN IDEAL FOR WHICH I AM PREPARED TO DIE.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been depicted on screen before, but this film was the first to be based on his biography, covering most of his life. Obviously ambitious, but also a lazier approach in a way because there isn’t really a unique, guiding thought behind it. Perhaps a better idea would have been to focus more on the early years when Mandela began to realize the need to rise up against the white oppressors. Still, competently made, with an excellent performance by Idris Elba who really finds Mandela’s voice and inner authority. Convincing location work as well.
2013-South Africa-Britain. 141 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Justin Chadwick. Screenplay: William Nicholson. Book: Nelson Mandela. Song: “Ordinary Love” (performed by U2). Cast: Idris Elba (Nelson Mandela), Naomie Harris (Winnie Madikizela Mandela), Tony Kgoroge (Walter Sisulu), Riaad Moosa, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza.
Trivia: Tom Hooper was allegedly considered as director.
Golden Globe: Best Original Song.