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"Selma" - Movie Review

If ever WE needed a Martin Luther King, Jr. movie, it is now.
Selma couldn't have hit theaters at a greater time.

The movie was AMAZING! If you were debating on whether or not you should see it, cease your indecision. Do yourself a favor and go see Selma!

Selma isn't a biopic of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (played by David Oyelowo) It merely narrates a three-month journey to solidify equality for the African-American voting right; and in a non-violent manner. Few intimate details of Dr. Kings life were shared in the movie, leaving a lot of cushion room for the significant details of the fight. We didn't get the chance to focus on Dr. King himself, but on his WORK, dedication and involvement. Furthermore, I appreciate the fact that the film wasn't as centered on Dr. King as I had imagined. What I mean is that we know there were people who endured the fight with Dr. King and the film depicted just that. In a nutshell, there was more history than just Dr. King Vs. white America.

Selma came at a perfect time.I looked at it as not only a look at history, but a wake up call. A lot of us didn't get the chance to experience America at its worst; nor its best. Selma chronicled a taste of that for us. Voting is something that some of us take for granted. Selma included the perfect cast to demonstrate the importance of voting and a fraction of the fight to obtain and secure it.

What happened in the movie?
Basically, voting had become legal for African-Americans in the 1960s. However that was a right that was almost impossible to exercise in the south. Whites were deterring blacks every which way (exampled Annie Lee Cooper (Oprah Winfrey)). Clearly the plan was to keep the electorate all white; the black activists weren't in agreeance with that plan --at all.

Dr. King traveled to Selma to aid and assist the overturning of the inequality for black voting rights. Director Ava DuVernay included a Malcom X (Nigel Thatch) cameo which I thought was cool because of he and Dr. King's difference in views and execution. 

Because the film was based off of history I was more impressed by the way it was brought to life 50 years later than the plot of the movie.

To say the very least, the film payed tribute to a number of brave African-Americans who put their lives on the line for a right that was tantalized then and taken for granted today.

The film captures your heart and mind. Most of us are too young to have experienced earth while Dr. King was alive. Some of our parents and/or grandparents may recollect his efforts and triumphs while the rest of us bask in stories and history lessons about the civil rights movements and militants. We are far removed from 1960's segregation and blatant inequalities but we are living and experiencing our own injustices, covert inequalities and racism issues. Selma was a reminder of where we came from, WHAT and WHO we fought for, and the heights we are capable of reaching, in a humane but grounded manner.

I suggest EVERYONE sees this film. It surpasses entertainment. It's HISTORY. It's a matter of importance. I took a lot of things away from the film when I left the theater. The one I'd like to share with you all is how I noticed the difference in unity and priority.

You won't be disappointment, go see Selma!


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