Siobhan Synnot reviews the new cinema releases this week
Director: Ava DuVernay
Running time: 128 minutes
Star rating: ****
HAS it really taken 50 years to make a film about Martin Luther King? Strictly speaking, Selma isn’t a biopic but it is the first time that any movie has dared to tangle with his legend in anything but a peripheral way. Perhaps the notoriously litigious King family are a factor, but they can hardly complain about David Oyelowo’s representation of the civil rights activist, who mobilises a momentous 54-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery’s state capital in 1965 to protest against southern states discriminating against black people and preventing them from exercising their voting rights.
Selma takes in a sweep of characters, not just one person. Naturally King draws the eye but he’s not the only leader here, because this is a film about a unified will, and its