“Selma” – let the Box Office talk
My Storified thoughts on “Selma”, the movie
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Selma summary of box office results, charts and release information.
Anyhow, the original story and the screenplay made a huge interest in Hollywood. One of the reasons, of course, was the Ferguson case that shacked the American society. The cast for this film included Hugh Jackman as Sheriff Jim Clark, Liam Neeson portraying Lyndon Johnson, Robert De Niro attached to star as segregationist governor George Wallace. David Oyelowo played as Martin Luther King Jr. and was the only actor in the previous selections that Ava DuVernay kept in the film when she took over as director. She got the first criticism on historical accuracy.
As the uproar died down over the Hollywood comedy that depicted the fictitious assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, another movie came under fire for taking liberties with the truth. The film in question, “Selma,” seemed to some critics to characterize the late President Lyndon.
The director of Oscar-tipped civil-rights drama Selma has mounted a fierce defence of the film’s historical credibility following complaints from an aide to former US president Lyndon B Johnson. Ava DuVernay, whose film was nominated for four Golden Globe awards earlier this month, was criticised in a Washington Post opinion piece by Johnson’s top domestic adviser, Joseph A Califano Jr.
I would describe “Selma” as an inspirational movie where some detailed moments of history are described gorgeously. These were historical times when every ordinary person could become a hero within a second. These simple but important seconds exist in this movie. Here is my beloved one.
One fact struck me while observing the directing style of Ava DuVernay. Those who were attentive while watching the movie, could notice that Martin Luther King Jr. used other words than his original speech had. The reason is that another studio purchased rights of the real speeches. So, she wrote new variations of them; but even in that case the speeches inspired a lot of people.
The total Gross of “Selma” is $43,578,000 (Estimate) already. According to the producers the overall budget was $20,000,000. In this case the Box Office figures tell much more than the other reactions, as I told before. As a P.S. I just share the great historical photo of “Selma” times. By the way “Selma” is being screened for free at the Selma Walton Theater in Selma, Alabama.
By Armen Sargsyan, Edited by Tamara Kraus