So, Selma is the name of the town where the Civil Rights march took place, and it is about that exact civil march. Where it came from and how it originated and how it turned into the melodrama that made it into a movie during its fiftieth anniversary year directed by Ava DuVernay.
I have to admit, Selma gives an interesting and different take on propaganda and how to get support and success, and I can't blame the movie for probably being historically accurate on that note or else it'd probably get some haters on witnesses of the actual trauma. However, there's a reason Annie Lee Cooper's aggressive action today is regarded as heroic; because it was violent. During the midnight scene when the cops think a march with all these dark skin people is for a prison escape (and I actually wish it was) they are chased off the streets and pursued. And one group hides out in a restaurant. But get this! They grab a few menus, sit down, and hope they pass. That angered me because they were out in the open!!! They could've hid behind a counter or in the kitchen or something. A lot in this movie seemed too convenient.
Many of Selma's choirs of action are very out of this world in this age of filmmaking. There's a scene where Martin Luther King Jr. decides to turn around because he suspects a trap and listened to what he believes God told him to do, and I was a little taken off by this scene. It left a giant what if? in my head and it seemed like King was more scared of his own life than the others since he was leading this march. And earlier on, there is a slow-mo of an explosion, and the slow motion is supposed to add to the tension and heartbreaking. For me, I thought, "Okay. What'll happen next?" The truth is, I don't know where all this racism ever started. It's probably been going on for thousands of years, but apparently every white person, except Viola Abruzzi, thought of them as not having the mental capacity to be a part of the voting despite them being fully able to memorize how many presidents of the U.S. there have ever been, and a million other things just like everybody else. This is not commentary on the film, by the way. I just think it has to be said. David Owoyelwo is Martin Luther King, and he is magnificent. Every word that comes out of his mouth is perfectly enunciated and everything he says seems complicated yet invigorating, and for the president played by Tom Wilkinson, quite effectively guilt tripping. The conversations he has with his wife too, make you feel trapped even though you're not being hurled with death threats on your phone just because of your skin colour. Ugh! What a terrible world our world can be!
In conclusion, every speech this movie brings is perfectly scripted and acted by David Owoyelwo, but every time he isn't giving a speech, to the church or to the president, it's like the cotton candy shrinks and recedes.