My Selma Review
There have been many civil rights movies made, from the classic ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ to Spike Lee’s ‘Malcom X’. Selma is the latest installment on this theme, and it greatly deserved the Oscar nomination it won the other night. The acting was suberb (especially for actors I have never heard of), the cinematography was masterfully done, with cuts to various scenes so natural that I at some times in the movie actually forgot that I wasn’t part of the conversation going on, and the whole tone of the movie was so powerful… it’s so great to see a movie that can be that moving without being some Avatar blow-up scene. That said, the violence is quite disturbing, with beatings and close ups of innocent people being shot, whipped, and tear-gassed as they protest. This movie differes from the usual Steven Spielberg want-to-be tearjerker that introduces a very loveable character and then has him be killed two minutes later though; it is all just so realistic, and it was hard for me to take in that America could produce that era of horror. I understand that one of the big criticisms of Selma was that LBJ came of as much more hostile than he was in real life, but all I saw was a foul mouthed politician that had, as all presidents do, way much more on his hands than he could bear.
The sexual content was very mild, and the bad language was limited to 2 uses of f—k, LBJ considers all objects to be goddamned (not sure if that is the way he was in real life), and of course many racial slurs used against the protesters. But if your child can handle the heavy themes and the mature content, this is a spellbinding movie for everyone.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness