Director Ava DuVernay (I Will Follow) has made David Oyelowo (many films ranging from Lincoln to Intersteller) more than just a background character – he has given great depth and strength to the embodiment of Martin Luther King Jr.
It makes me sad that I had no idea who David was until his Oscar nomination worthy performance in Selma. I honestly thought he was an unknown actor and that Selma was his first movie. With that being said, he picked a great movie to have his breakout leading role in.
As many of you know, I am always a big fan of movies with characters that stand up to the government and other forms of authority. I believe that the concept of communities of people joining together to overcome oppression or work towards some sort of positive social/economic change is very inspirational.
Authority and power is abused too much in this world and the people who use it to being harm to those around them have some sort of karma coming to them some day. Selma tells a story about a man that may be one of the most famous people to ever live in the United States. He has been portrayed in many forms of media and his story is widely known.
Therefore, the movie itself does not bring source material that people are unfamiliar with. Instead it digs deeper into a part of the story that has had a much greater influence that people may have before thought. Martin Luther King’s push for equal voting rights and treatment for everyone.
King was always about the bigger picture and getting people behind an idea instead of behind one man. This is how I look at everything I do. People don’t care about what you do. They care about why you do it.
The success that came out of winning the right to vote is utterly amazing and the most impactful part of the film.
By: Jonny Havey