So, what with Django being unchained at the theater and The Butler rising through the ranks and 12 Years a Slave being set free, I thought I was quite over the succession of films chronicling our nation’s hideous history of violent injustice between whites and blacks. However, I DO think it’s about time the legendary civil rights leader MLK Jr. gets some GOOD Hollywood treatment. That being said, I really do like the vibes this trailer gives off in anticipation for the whole movie. And isn’t it coming at such a fitting time?
P.S. Read this dynamic review of the movie from CT’s Alissa Wilkinson. She says Selma is “masterful, compelling, confessional, necessary viewing.” Oscar, maybe? 😁💯
Release date: January 9, 2015
Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernays Selma tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. (C) Paramount