A standard biopic but for the outstanding performance of Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela. Through Harris’ performance we see the many sides of Winnie’s character and most startlingly how she develops into a charismatic leader inciting violence among her followers.
Idris Elba was always going to have an uphill struggle playing a man whose story is so well known and who is also at the forefront of everyone’s minds since his recent death. He does a good job, but doesn’t stand up to Harris who really steals the show. I do wonder whether this has something to do with the fact that the detail of Winnie’s story is new to me, and therefore was more dramatic and engaging.
In the end, this film just left me wanting to find out more about Winnie Mandela and her role in the fight against apartheid in South Africa.