Based on an inspiring true story, led in front of the camera by Idris Elba and guided behind the camera by Justin Chadwick (“The Fifth Grader“), it would seem that “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” would tick all the Oscar bait boxes with ease. And yet, ready to hit theaters next week, buzz is rather non-existent for the rigorously respectful film.
After trying a U2 driven spot, and one blazin’ with hip hop beatz, a more traditional trailer (still with a bit of U2) has been unveiled and yeah, it looks exactly as is. Idris Elba plays the South African leader in a movie that looks like it’ll encapsulate his story quite well, but what’s missing is any kind of edge. Not that this movie needs to amped up and turned on its head, but perhaps it would’ve been better delivered with a bit of vitality instead of sheer reverence for the story being told. Will audiences want to spend their Thanksgiving taking a spoonful of movie medicine?
Guess we’ll see. “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” opens on November 29th.