This movie gets your attention right at the very beginning by depicting a very tragic moment. Although it slows down a bit after that intro, it picks up again very shortly and for most of the movie it remains very intense and emotional. What made it even more emotional for me was the fact that this all happened not very long ago. In fact, there may be many of you reading this review that were alive when all this happened As I was studying the civil rights last year, this was something that hit me pretty hard. This same sentiment hit me really hard during this movie as well, especially when we got to the march on Edmund Pettus Bridge. Holy cow was this sequence done well. I knew what was coming. As it was right about to happen, I almost completely lost it. So many feelings just hit me like a ton of bricks. How could an event like this happen? How is it that human beings could be treated this terribly by other human beings simply because of the color of their skin? And it's not like this was some event in the distant past. It was very recently. In fact racism still exists. People are unfairly judged all the time based on the color of their skin and it's downright terrible.
The timing of this movie is incredible. In the last few months we as a country have experienced events that prove that the battle against racism and equal rights is definitely very current. As you are watching this movie, you can't help but sit there and reflect on the recent events such as Ferguson that are going on and suddenly as you are doing so, the movie becomes a lot more than just a movie showing what happened 50 years ago. It becomes a very relevant work that is very much a reflection of our society in many ways. It doesn't just show us a battle that was won in the past. It reminds us that we still have a lot of work to do if Dr. King's vision of society is to ever become a reality. And as I was reflecting on all of this, suddenly when Dr. King is giving his speeches, I realized that he isn't just speaking to his audience in 1965. He is speaking directly to everyone sitting there watching the movie. I was just overcome by the whole experience.
Overall, I think that Selma is a movie that everyone should see. If all the award buzz and strong reviews aren't enough to convince you to see it, I hope my personal recommendation can put you over the top. This is a movie that needs to be watched. It's an intense movie that is very emotional. Not only does it do a great job of showing these major events of the civil rights movement, but it also acts as a movie that shows us as a society how much work we still have to do if we are to fulfill Dr. King's dream. There's a lot of great things about this movie that I haven't been able to touch on, but I think the best part of it is the performance by David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. Give that man the Oscar! So yes, go see this movie. Especially since Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is coming up here in a few days. I'm giving Selma a strong 9/10.