Selma

Finally caught up with the Selma movie last night.It’s magnificent. You’d expect it to do the story, the crowd scenes, the motion, and it does, with total conviction. But what really impressed me was how well it does the politics. That’s politics at different levels, from President Johnson down to the two guys from SNCC, split as to whether or not to support King’s march. Who’d have guessed when this was happening, that fifty years later we’d be watching an American movie about it, with English actors playing Johnson, Governor Wallace and King himself  – all of them terrific. Oyelowo is amazing. Sure, he can do the grandstanding oratory, but he can also do the cunning dealing, the guilt, the deep uncertainty at the moment when he’s winning – fabulous, versatile performance. All he needs is lighter skin and a public school background and he’d be in contention for an Oscar.