Excerpt: E’ vero che King era un rivoluzionario moderato e non violento e che rispetto a Malcolm X, la sua era una battaglia di integrazione e non di rivolta al sistema, ma certo la DuVernay avrebbe potuto avere più coraggio nella messa in scena.
Excerpt: I wouldn’t go so far as to say Selma is ‘an important film’. I will say that Selma is a well-acted, well-directed, well-crafted film, one that gives us both the historic and the personal of the figures we see.
Excerpt: Arrollador recuerdo de Ava DuVernay de una de las figuras más relevantes del siglo XX, un batallador incansable que desgraciadamente tuvo que dedicar su vida entera a luchar porque algo tan nimio como el color de la piel no marcara la diferencia.
Excerpt: Selma’ is the year’s best film because it is great filmmaking — DuVernay makes history live and breathe and vibrate. But it is also more than just a dramatization, or a relic; as its strangely timely release suggests, none of this is as historical as we’d like to think.
Excerpt: Selma is not really a film about individuals at all but a moving portrait of ideals, community and how those things can nourish one another. By having a strong connection to the present day, DuVernay illustrates that humanity as a whole is a continuous organism and ideas are ropes of living matter that flow from person to person and from generation to generation.
Excerpt: We know now where everyone ended up in the history books and who was on the right side of history and who did everything in their power to stand in its way. Bravo to Selma the film and director Ava DuVernay who finally stepped up to the plate to bring us such a pivotal moment in our history.
Excerpt: Setting out to do a film about one of the most important figures of the 20th Century carries with it a great deal of responsibility. Ava DuVernay takes a single segment of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and brings it to impressive life.
Excerpt: Selma manages to present Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a human being instead of a marble statute. Thanks to a mesmerizing performance from British actor David Oyelowo (Interstellar), the Civil Rights struggle becomes urgent as it was in 1965.
Excerpt: Selma’ is reminiscent of Lee Daniels’ unsuccessful ‘The Butler’ in that it displays history rather than vivifying it – though DuVernay’s film is clearly the superior work, sporting more impressive performances and a better overall focus.
Excerpt: Selma is a period piece, but it looks and feels like a window to today. As the film resonates with a seamless fusion of past and present, it gives the viewer the sense of going from being a passive observer to an active participant.
Excerpt: Oyelowo gives us an MLK in whom quiet, deep religious and social conviction triumphs over human doubts and weaknesses. If he occasionally falls just short of the soaring eloquence that stirred a nation to examine its conscience, he comes close.
Excerpt: When Selma focuses on the march, on the struggles of blacks and the uphill battle that they took on to earn their rights, it is an amazing achievement…the sort of film that inspires you to take action and reminds you that change is possible.