Director: Justin Chadwick. Cast: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto. 141 min. Rated PG-13. UK/South Africa. Biography/History.
Gandhi and Mandela were the two greatest non-violence revolutionaries of our time. The filmmakers saw the success of Gandhi (the movie), and thought they'll use the exact same formula for a biopic on Mandela - notwithstanding, movie-making has slightly evolved during the past 30 years. So we have a 2-hour-plus year-by-year life story, with only the half hour offering some insight into the great man's thought processes. Very uplifting ending, and Elba does a tremendous job (even though he looks quite different from Mandela), but the figure was so much larger than this, and more is expected from cinema.