JOURNEY OF SELMA
June 14, 2015
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Selma, which hit theaters January 9, is a film following the story of Martin Luther King Jr’s march through Selma, Alabama and the events that followed during it. Selma received high ratings including 4 Golden Globe Awards and a gross income of $48.2 million. It featured familiar faces such as Common, Cuba Gooding Jr, and Oprah Winfrey.
Many students here at SCPA have watched it and expressed how they enjoyed the film. “The acting was, for the most part, convincing…, I was close to tears several times even though I’ve heard the story many times,” said student Richard Mendoza III.
Selma’s opening was in coincidence with Black History Month. It gave life through an important moment in history and portrayed well the little steps it took to achieve a bigger idea. The movie provided a more desirable way of learning about a point in history through entertainment.
“ I would recommend it because it is really informational and a lot better than sitting in a history class,” mentioned student Khadija McRae-Pierre.
Selma became a big hit with its budget of $20 million, Selma received 5 stars on Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango and 4 stars on IMDb. The movie also consisted of Golden Globe and Academy Award winning song Glory, performed by John Legend and Common. Overall, Selma was successful with diverse audience and re-instilled into the audience the importance of the Civil Rights Movement and the endurance it took to achieve it.