There were many biopics that were made on the icon Nelson Mandela during his lifetime. Prominent filmmakers were able to bring to the screen the life of the activist. The film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom movie can be called a conservative film where the lead character was played by Idris Elba. The film is the autobiography that was well adapted by William Nicholson. British actor Idris Elba embodied the character of Mandela. The film starts with the early life of Mandela where Elba plays a young lawyer where he defends a maid. Mandela in the film gets involved in ANC struggle where he goes into hiding after disposing his identity papers. The young Mandela played by Idris Elba electrifying.
During the progress of the movie the director Chadwick shows him being disloyal to his wife and being an irresponsible father. During the 1960 massacre, he was seen as turning revolutionary by destroying factory buildings. In the film, you can also see the actor ready to die for the sake of independent South Africa. After this Mandela is sentenced to life, and it is here, Mandela turns into a bloodless fighter for democratic South Africa. The performance of Elba is impeccable. His early films like The Wire in which he played Stringer Bell or Pacific Rim as a stentorian commanding officer are definitely worth a watch.
Elba as Mandela gets the tone of the speeches right. The stage when Mandela is released from prison, the activist turns a statesman. It is here where the civil war is stopped through peace talks. The story of Mandela was always close to the heart of the locals in South Africa and Idris Elba had a big responsibility on his shoulders that he played to perfection. The actor at every stage tried to do justice to the role by ensuring that the image of the leader is not compromised despite the script demands it at a certain point of time. The achievements of Mandela have been clearly depicted in the film. The audience can get a better understanding of the life of Mandela and his ideology from this film.