Before I get too into this, just to let you know this will be the last Trailer for your Weekend post. I will still definitely post trailers from time to time when something takes my fancy, but I am finding the process of picking one each and every week to be a bit laborious really.
Enough of that though, this week’s trailer is for the drama Selma (2015) which has been garnering a fair bit of hype recently. Any film featuring a historical figure as beloved as Martin Luther King Jr opens itself up to stinging criticism if it gets it wrong, or a fair amount of adulation if they nail it. The trailer looks promising and looks to depict on film a super important part of American history, that when you think about it has not actually been seen on screen all that often. As always with this type of film, the test will be if it can balance historical accuracy yet still make the film enjoyable enough and also not feel like it is a sugarcoated version of true events.
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cant wait to see this! thanks for posting it Tim!
My pleasure man. Definitely looking forward to it as well.
While I’m kind of tired of viewing movies with this sort of subject (I feel like 12 Years a Slave already did it justice and that the recent ones are trying to capitalize on that success a bit), I still think this looks somewhat interesting. People are still racist these days (just quieter about it) so as long as they are, movies like these do still have a purpose I suppose!
Hopefully it is interesting!
Agree man. The risk with this kind of film is that it just turns into a bland re-telling of what actually happened. Good for these stories to be told though and I think that they definitely still have a place and a purpose. Which is a little unfortunate really.
Nice one Tim, I feel you on the burn-out of posting regularly. I have given my TBT posts a break for November and it has been aaamaaazing! 🙂
Selma does look good, I’m wary (naturally) about its ultimate quality but the casting looks solid and I don’t think I want to get into too much speculation before it comes out. (Been getting myself into trouble lately doing that.) lol
Thanks Tom. Have you had the chance to see this yet? I am a little out of the loop, so no idea if it has opened anywhere as yet.
I’ve just come back from a couple of weeks with no paying attention to the blog or social media at all, so just trying to get back into the groove a little.
I’m really looking forward to this one… it’s getting a fair amount of attention stateside, which feels particularly important given that the director, Ava DuVernay, was previously known only in indie film circles. I also think it’s interesting that Selma is being released on the same day – December 25 in the US – as another film directed by a woman (and also a major awards contender), Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. I hope that if both of these films do end up getting positive reviews, it’s because they’re well-made and not simply because of the subject matter (although that’s significant too).
Thanks for commenting. I actually think that is something people are more attuned to these days (broadly speaking). It used to seem that any film based on certain historical events, automatically got critical love. But people demand more now. Just look at how that Mandela film was received (a film I actually liked a fair bit).