In “Selma,” writer and director Ava DuVernay (“This is the Life”) lifts a page from your high school history textbook, breathing life into a single episode that tells a larger story. The film chronicles the events from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, from his acceptance of the Noble Peace Prize in 1964 to his speech at the steps of the Alabama State Capitol, which led to the five-day Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery. “Selma” presents this inspirational man as a representative of the Civil Rights Movement as a whole. However, despite its social and political value, “Selma” is not a great film.
While some people might learn something new about history from this film, the story doesn’t extend much beyond the history one might find in the pages of a high school history textbook. The film does a fine job representing what will probably be familiar material for most of us. What’s more, “Selma”...
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