Mandela movie opens nationwide on Christmas Day

Idris Elba portrays Nelson Mandela in an uncanny, electrifying and authentic manner.

Idris Elba portrays Nelson Mandela in an uncanny, electrifying and authentic manner, Naomie Harris co-stars in the film.

By Carmen Glover

The wait is finally over, on Christmas Day, for the nationwide release of the movie “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” which earned Idris Elba a Golden Globe nomination for best actor. Elba plays the late international icon, Nelson Mandela, and delivers a compelling performance that transcends the screen. Mandela’s death on the evening of the London premiere of the film, shifted the focus even more intently to Mandela himself, causing people across the world to mourn while yearning to learn more about his life, his struggles and his triumphs.

Idris Elba in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."

Idris Elba in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”

Elba envelopes Mandela’s character and infuses the role with a rich, textured, layered veneer of authenticity that intertwines Elba’s personality with Mandela’s to the extent that the two men almost become one at critical points throughout the movie. The timing of the nationwide release couldn’t be more perfect: On Christmas Day when families are spending time together and have the time and desire to bond over a memorable event. “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” is a film that offers that option. It is a great conversation starter and is bound to generate passionate discussions in homes all over the world as people try to grasp the full meaning of Mandela’s strong legacy. Elba has demonstrated that he is the perfect messenger in his striking portrayal of a great man.–

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