When it comes to adapting Very Important Moments From History for film, it’s really easy to screw things up. The cheese, usually accompanied by a grandiose musical score, comes pouring out, or else the filmmakers are so afraid of changing the story that the result is a precious snow globe of bland heroism (see: Rosewater). But Selma? Selma looks like it could be different. Based on one of the most disgusting events in American history, the movie looks to focus on the events leading up to and following the 1965 march starting in Selma, Alabama: the voting rights massacre dubbed Bloody Sunday (American Edition).
One major thing this movie has going for it: look at that cast. I’m not too familiar with David Oyelowo, but tackling one of the most famous men of the last century has to be daunting task, though he looks to be up to it. Add to that Tim Roth as Great American Villain and segregation enthusiast George Wallace, plus Tessa Thompson, Giovanni Ribisi, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Wilkinson, Lorraine Toussaint, and— oh yeah— Oprah. And Common. Okay, give us this movie now please.