I am the master of my fate, I am captain of my soul. – Madiba
What better than watching his biopic “Long walk to freedom” on this birthday week.
“Long walk to freedom” is a powerful portrayal of Madiba and his fighting spirit for the wellness of the South African society. “Invictus” potrays him as a leader who inspires a country torn down by separatism into what he calls the rainbow nation. This biopic is a step back from where Invictus takes off.
Life and times of Mandela from his childhood to his taking over the reins of the country are packed in this movie of over 180mins. Idris Elba has etched the role of Mandela and looks very much the boxer kind Madiba was.
Movie begins with the young smart lawyer Mandel winning cases for the native against the Afrikanas.
He gets drawn to the political life and becomes a key figure of the African National Congress adopting non violent methods of protest against Apartheid. Circumstances draw him into an armed struggle against the government and lands him in Jail at the Robben Island.
Madiba sacrificed every bit of his youth and personal life by placing welfare of the society before his family. Winnie Mandela(Naomie Harris)his life companion stands by him during his violent struggle and imprisonment of 27 years, endures all pain inflicted on her and children by the government.
Hard labor at the Robben Island prison and prolonged separation from his family does not deter the fighting spirit of Mandela. Upon release he does find Winnie on a different plank of struggle (armed one) and both part ways. Family parting ways due to ideals of nationalistic struggle are bit hard to digest.
Mandela on his release portrays the best of leadership qualities and preaches reconciliation and abhors hatred towards the Afrikanas. Movies ends with him getting elected the first native African President of South Africa.
Justin Chadwick (Director) has tried his best to fit in the life of times of Madiba in this 180min quick journey. Felt bit rushed through in many of the scenes, can’t help it – movies have their limitations in case of biopics to be precise. Have better decided to get hold the Autobiography on which the film is based on.
Idris Elba looks good as the young Mandela, I would still rate Morgan Freeman as the best fit for the “ old man Mandea”.
Overall a nice watch and don’t miss to watch “Invictus” which unfolds the magic of the old man Mandela - The true leader.
Best quote I would say in the movie “I have walked a long walk to freedom. It has been a lonely road, and it is not over yet. I know that my country, was not made to be a land of hatred. No one is born hating another person because the color of his skin. People learn to hate. They can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart.”