The Power of One Film Review: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom | The Man Cave Cinema

When Nelson Mandela passed away earlier this month, not only did the world lose one of its most important and influential leaders, it also lost one of its most outspoken proponents for peace. Even after being imprisoned for twenty-seven years, he harbored no ill will towards the South African government and championed for unity among the its peoples. His long walk to freedom — which is the subject of the film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom — was not just traveled by him, but also by his family and the entire country of South Africa. The film feels authentic in its portrayals, thanks to solid performances from Idris Elba and Naomie Harris; and the relationship between Nelson and Winnie Mandela is handled well, yet the full impact of apartheid is somehow underplayed. But no matter how you cut it, it’s an inspirational and amazing tale — and a fitting way to remember a man whose legacy will be felt for many years to come.

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