‘Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom’ runs a bit long

Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela in 'Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom'
Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela in ‘Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom’

The problem with making a film about the life of Nelson Mandela is that unless you focus on a brief period, there’s just too much material to deal with.  Movies like Lincoln and Hitchcock worked so well because they focused on a narrow period of the subject’s life.  When you do what director Justin Chadwick does here, try to cover a large part of the life of someone who was in fact, larger than life, it is usually an overreach.

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