MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - You could feel the anticipation as we entered the theater Tuesday to see the opening debut of the movie "Selma."
Governor Robert Bentley was standing at the head of the viewing room under the screen addressing the crowd. He was telling the audience that we can learn a lot from what happened in Selma 50 years ago. Bentley says while the film might make us uncomfortable at times, it will also make us think and possibly continue to change our communities for the better.
After the governor's remarks, the film began. And from the beginning, it reached in and grabbed your heart! One of first scenes was so riveting, it made many of us jump in our seats! Many of the names of the characters were familiar from our history lessons. One name in particular stood out for me...John Lewis. He is from Pike County like me and knew my parents growing up. He was a young student activist when Martin Luther King Junior was called to Selma to lead the voting rights demonstrations. He played a pivotal role in events that led up to march. I was impressed with his role and the young man who played him in the movie.
Of course, other big name stars shined like Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper and Tim Roth as Governor George Wallace. But this film was led and will be remembered for David Oyelowo?'s portrayal of Dr. King. He along with the film have already been nominated for several awards. I would be surprised if they didn't walk away with several of them.
I thoroughly enjoyed the film and applauded with the rest of the audience at the end. Go see it and let me know what you think. You will learn a lot and possibly appreciate the people ad history of Selma which ended up changing the world!