“Selma does a great job educating and entertaining about Martin Luther King JR
by Marc Crooked Arm
February is Black History Month and a great way to celebrate the occasion is to watch the movie “Selma” directed by Ava DuVernay. A film that is as informative as it is entertaining. “Selma” follows the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in one of the most trying times of his life, during the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1964. The film provides an insight into his personal life that many do not consider. Emeka Okwusa, a 21 year old Lawrence community member had this to say about the film, “It was amazing. I feel like it told us to stand up for what you believe in.”
“Selma” paces itself to cover only the most integral moments of the 1964 equality issues. The pace does well to move the plot of the movie along. “Oh yeah, it’s a long movie. But it does well to convey the messages of MLK.” says a Regal 14 movie theater employee.
The cinematography in the film is also quite hard-hitting. All the authentic sets and costumes support the era of the film’s setting. Creative decisions like using authentic FBI recovered tapes and old stock footage of the political march and race riots drive the film in what could be described as a “classical yet modern feel.”
David Oyelowo’s portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. was truly loyal to the image of who we see in the history books, all the while bringing a sense of pressure that was clearly imminent in the events that take place in the film. The dynamic cast was brought to life by many characters influential in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Many characters create an excitement in seeing famous figures like Malcolm X and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Exiting movie goers had this to say about the film “I thought it was great, it touched on a part of MLK’s story that many people didn’t know about.”