Hey internet, it’s me Slick Dungeon. I’m making progress on my film challenge this year. This part of the challenge was to watch a movie about civil rights. I went with the extremely well made Selma.
Selma tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts to gain equal voting rights through his historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. It’s a very complex portrait of the events and the film does not shy away from the criticisms the non-violent movement of the day had.
One film could not possibly go into all the details of this historic event but the movie tries to touch on as many aspects of it as it can in a reasonable amount of time. There is a huge cast of characters and pretty much all of the performances are flawless here. The only real criticism of this movie would be that it’s just not long enough to tell the whole tale. It perhaps would have been better as a mini series on television in my mind but either way the film is absolutely worth watching.
It’s also totally relevant to the times we live in now. It is frustrating in all honesty how there are still so many of these fights we are having in America right now. There is a lot the world can learn from Dr. King and his message to this day and this film is a nice small window into that. If you have not seen this movie I highly recommend you do so.