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What?! An Oscar-bait idea for a biopic is number 21 on the list?!
Yes, the upteen-millionth film based at least in part on the life of the late Nelson Mandela is well-acted and has a pretty nice U2 song at the end.
Yet the plot is slow, feeling very much like it was trying to be “Ghandi” but came short in keeping me fully interested throughout and despite his immense acting talent shining through, Idris Elba simply did not look like Mandela, particularly when playing him in his later years. This is not a requirement in biopics, but if there is too little resemblance, it can be distracting.
I would, however, say watch this on Netflix or Sky Movies. It is an important story that is incredible and true enough to keep you invested during a number of its moments.