Generally I prefer documentaries. I'm not saying documentaries are 100% accurate, but generally they can go into much more depth and are less interested in producing melodrama. Biographical movies tend to sacrifice truth for emotion. I saw Oyelowo in an interview, and he did a remarkable job as MLK. Seeing Oprah was a bit disconcerting. I said, "Someone's got the nerve to hit Oprah?! Oh, hell no!"
David Oyelowo is the highlight of this film, and his performance elevates it from 'fair' to 'good'. However, the narrative stumbles at points (particularly in the multiple scenes of President Johnson, though Tom Wilkinson does an admirable job). That keeps the film from being 5-star 'great'. That said, I think if the Academy had reformed itself in 2014 instead of 2016, both 'Selma' and Oyelowo would have won Oscars.
First of all, it is the film that tells a very important story. And contemplation on the matter that it could have been done better, shot better, performed better is irrational. Also the real strength is in non-violent attitude. You should be ready to die for it though.
This is more than just a biopic, it is a sensitively written and directed "state of the nation" drama which depicts intimate details just as well as the broader political situation. It is reprehensible how systemically racist the US was at that time and shameful that the country hasn't moved very far since.
Purtroppo una grande storia ed un grande personaggio, non sembra fanno un grande film. Mi spiace per MLK, ma in questa ignobile accozzaglia di errori cinematografici, non gli è stata resa minimamente giustizia. La regia è banale, la sceneggiatura anche peggio ed alcuni dialoghi fanno sembrare i personaggi degli idioti. Buttata al cesso la chance di utilizzare al meglio un soggetto molto interessante.