2014 is nearly upon us and with that in mind, I would like to share the best and worst movies of 2013.
1. Much Ado About Nothing
Joss Whedon + William Shakespeare= Movie magic.
2. Mandela: Walk To Freedom
This biopic of the recently deceased Mr. Mandela reminds the audience of the power of the human spirit.
3. 12 Years A Slave
A brutal and honest look at slavery shows the best and worst qualities of humanity.
4. Blue Jasmine
Woody Allen’s modern reboot of Streetcar Named Desire is just as powerful as the original.
5. Man of Steel
A refreshing take on the Superman mythos.
The civil rights movement was never more powerful than on screen.
Not as quotable as the original, but still extremely funny.
Worst Movies Of The Year
5. Don Jon
Joseph Gordon Levitt’s directorial debut wasn’t as good as it could have been.
4. Romeo and Juliet
Don’t bother with this movie. If your hankering to see R&J on the big screen, try either the 1968 movie or Baz Luhrmann’s mid 90’s reboot.
Everything about this movie is a waste of time. It’s not even worth the dollar bin.
2. Lone Ranger
It could have been so good, but it wasn’t.
I wonder if the filmmakers had a secret plan to mock the audience they were looking for.
Last night, I saw Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
The late Nelson Mandela is an icon. Next to Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, Mr. Mandela, represents the change many wish they could enact in the world, but few are willing to take the steps to make it happen.
The movie starts with brief clips of his childhood. As an adult, Nelson Mandela (Idris Elba) is a lawyer, trying to defend his clients in a country where the native blacks are second class and the whites have all of the power. He is initially hesitant to join the African National Congress, but circumstances change his mind. After he is charged with treason and thrown into jail for 27 years, his second wife, Winnie (Naomie Harris) is forced to raise their daughters by herself and deal with the constant assault by the police.
I will warn that the movie is long, it clocks in at 2 hours and 20 minutes. But the time is needed to tell this man’s story.
Elba completely transforms himself into Mandela. It’s as if he was born to play this character. Harris, as Winnie Mandela is also perfectly cast. Her transformation from being just an ordinary wife and mother to becoming a revolutionary in her own right is incredible. I wouldn’t be surprised, that when award season comes, the movie, as well as Elba and Harris receive numerous nominations and awards.
I highly recommend it.