Selma Saturday, 04 July 2020

Selma

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Crosses a bridge.

  • Starring:

    David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, André Holland, Tom Wilkinson, Giovanni Ribisi, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Colman Domingo, Omar J. Dorsey, Common, Tessa Thompson, Dylan Baker, Stephan James, Trai Byers, Henry G. Sanders, Keith Stanfield, Cuba Gooding Jr, Tim Roth, Martin Sheen, Oprah Winfrey

  • Directed by:

    Ava DuVernay

  • Running time:

    128 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, punched, beaten, kicked, hit with objects, pushed, pursued, hit, wrestled, whipped, tear-gassed, throat-grabbed, threatened. Explosion, rubble. Racially motivated murders, Vietnam War, Kennedy assassination, Malcolm X assassination, killing children, Klansmen, murdered woman mentioned. Screamiing, arguing, shouting. Blood/gore: Corpses (including children). Bloody faces, heads, clothing. Blood splatter. Gunshot wound, scars. Bandages, sling. Fractured ribs, heads, arms, legs mentioned. Many wounded people.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Sounds of a couple having sex are heard. Shirtless male (corpse). Infidelity references.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, n-word, sonofab*tch, bastard. Derogatory terms for African Americans, white people. Racial abuse, name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES:

    Martin Luther King Jr, Selma-to-Montgomery march, justice, dignity, segregation, civil rights, Nobel Peace Prize, emancipation, protest, factions, speeches, hatred, prejudice, President Lyndon B Johnson, Malcolm X, J Edgar Hoover, forgiveness, marriage.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Church, prison, funeral settings. Horses, helicopter. Spitting.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Vital, funny, human, complex, astute, panoramic, choral, stunning, inventive, urgent, nuanced, vibrant, subtle, strong, furious, gutsy, timely, great, ambitious, important, gripping, inspiring, terrifying. Graceful/majestic/magnificent/tremendous/sensitive/spellbinding lead performance by David Oyelowo, excellent ensemble cast, superb/well-researched screenplay, arresting set pieces, outstanding cinematography.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Overlong. Needs timeline/date-stamps, clumsy closing credits, dialogue-heavy, no sense of the rain/mud/hardship that the real Selma marchers endured, heavy-handed score.

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