dunya.’s review published on Letterboxd:
So, so utterly beautiful and heart-wrenching. I was so heart-hurt at several instances of this film that I had to pause it and take a minute. But then I felt the after-shock in knowing that this is a true-story.
To think these events occurred 50 years ago just goes to show how much has changed - and how much things haven't.
I know there was a lot of talk about snubs in this year's Oscar nominations (i.e. The Lego Movie, Nightcrawler, Gone Girl), but David Oyelowo missing out on Best Actor takes the cake. His portrayal as Martin Luther King was so realistically powerful and courageous at times I thought it was the real thing. Until today MLK seemed more like an icon rather than a real person, and for that I thank him.
I'm very aware that Best Picture might be a stretch ('2 BLACK FILMS IN A ROW?' they'll say), but if John Legend & Common don't win for the song 'Glory' I'm going to skin a b*tch.