One may wonder how Clint could be doing the films he does based on the fact that he is better known as a no-nonsense actor of many westerns, in films like The Good The Bad and The Ugly by Sergio Leone.But here he is many years later dealing with difficult topics like a child kidnapping with Angelina Joli and now a film, Invictus which shows South Africa reforming after Mandela’s prison release.
Here is a golden globe award winner film, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon; the story of Nelson Mandela taken from the perspective of his attempt to reunite the country.It goes into the mind of the man as he recites the poem that gave him a sense of purpose and transports you across rugby playing fields as the country gears itself for recognition in the political sphere.
I wonder too how much of Morgan’s monologues came from him originally but no matter,I take it that he must have been inspired enough to be as conciliatory as his lines portrayed him to be.He had to face his peers who challenged his pacifist ways in not excluding the Africkaner security people who guarded the previous President and he had more than enough savvy to keep some of the former cabinet members too.
One would have liked to see more of his personal dilemma. The absense of his wife of so many years and a daughter who could not see how her dad would obtain political unity through sport, made him a lonely man. That loneliness was effectively shown when he wanted to see his daughter once and she turned him down and then when they were together she commented on how her mother did not want to have reminders from Mandela, in the form of rosary bead bracelet.
The film is not drowned in politics, instead it takes a youthful approach in showing how Mandela would deal with other nations and keep rugby in the back of his mind. And the final showdown with a New Zealand team combines rugby playing with the notion that South Africa wanted to be accepted as a reformed country. That was Mandelas dream come true.
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