Something about Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom just didn't completely work as a movie to me.
spoiler-filled, the fact is you should probably be aware of this part of Mandela's life anyway. The MOST interesting part of the film was the relationship between Nelson and Winnie, his wife. And while things were good it felt as though we got a chance to stick with their story. But oddly, when things began to shift and their relationship went sour, we were given less and less time with the two of them. Amazing tension was inherently built into this story specifically because Winnie, in the end, became Nelson's biggest political rival... for a time. I got excited at the prospect that the second half of the movie might focus on this. But the clutter of forcing us to sit through his younger "revolutionary" days essentially left us with no time to explore the deeper message behind that relationship.