Selma Review

I reviewed Selma for my Think Theology column on films and faith

Selma contains two things that often compromise a good story: an important message and a well known true story. Biopics and polemics equally detract from compelling storytelling, because in both you go in feeling like you already know what’s going to be said. What is remarkable about Selma, therefore, is that while portraying one of the most famous figures of the 20th century, and while saying some incredibly important things, it still manages to be a film that grabs the audience and doesn’t let go, never forgetting that it is a work of cinema, not a sermon or documentary

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