By no means a masterpiece, but significantly under-rated. As a biopic, it may not have the depth in narration present in his autobiography, but it effectively unites the social, political and historical context of Nelson's life and key turning points throughout it.
Un film certes très classique dans sa réalisation et sa reconstitution, qui se concentre sur la vie personnelle de Mandela sans trop cacher les mauvais côté du personnage, malgré son côté hagiographie. Dommage qu’il laisse l’apartheid un peu en arrière plan : la prison de Mandela nous éloignant des violences que subit l’Afrique du Sud.
Anant Singh waited 20 years to make this film. He found a terrific writer in Nicholson and a great actor in Idris Elba, yet we all know this story far too well. We yearned to learn more of this great man but were starved of the details that could have given us a new insight into his life. The film wavered in trying to tell of his personal sacrifices and the bigger political picture but achieved neither in the end.
A biopic that would play better in a junior history class than a theatre, this take on Mandela though serviceable fails to light any spark of furthering knowledge and adds insult to injury by glazing over the post jail relationship of Nelson and Winnie. What should have been an important film winds up feeling like Attenborough - light. Elba gives a strong performance almost overcoming his lack of resemblance..almost.