Posted: June 6, 2010 in Hollywood Wanted, Reviews

Tagline: His people needed a leader. He gave them a champion.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Genre: Biography | Drama | History | Sport
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon
What this is about: Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Nominated for 2 Oscars: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role- Morgan Freeman
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role- Matt Damon

What I say: Invictus- in latin it’s for The Unbeaten. The title is appropriate, for this movie is not about winning, it’s about leading. For those out there who think that they will get a spirit of sports for the underdogs rising to the glory, they will not be pacified at whole. It’s about the greatest leader living. The man whose whole life has been in decoys and developments, who never took a rest in thinking for a better world and whom the world gave an accolade with the Nobel, this is the story about him, about his passion, about his determination. This is about Dr Nelson Mandela.

This is not a by goner’s tale. This happened after Dr Mandela came to power in Republic of South Africa. This is the story about how a leader of our time led his country to stand united by a game of rugby. It’s breathtaking, it’s exhilarating, and it’s compassionate. The role of Mandela played by the legendary Morgan Freeman is absolute sore to your eyes. He’s got a sheer magic in him. He’s never disappointed me in the past, and he’s done it again. The charismatic bicentennial has still got in him. He’s like the Mozart of music, Shakespeare of drama, Sachin of cricket, Maradona of soccer, a lone wolf who’s capable of a spark in despair.

The movie depicts the life of Nelson, although scotched as a sports flick. That’s no tale about underdog performance by the Green & Gold. It’s at the end. It was predictable, it was not fussed about and it was relevant. The games played in the movie are for real. Matt worked really hard for this one. Kudos to the sensational Eastwood. Clint has delivered a clinching and rooting motion picture. He did it in Grand Torino, he did it in Changeling, he did it in Million Dollar Baby, he did it in Flags of our Fathers, he did it in Two Letters From Iwo Jima, and he has done it again. With this one he has relived the glorious life of Madiba.

Don’t see it for rugby. Don’t see it for underrated to revival. See it for Mandela. See it for Morgan “Magical” Freeman. And see it for Clint. I guarantee you, it won’t let you down. It’s not one of my favorites, but it’s one of the best to remember our heroes. May be the movie could have lived more to some extent and may be it has its shortfalls. But I don’t feel like mentioning it and ruining the jubilant me.

My earnest and from deepest of my core, I salute Dr Nelson Mandela for what he’s has undergone, for what he is and for what he has done. Hearty 7/10.


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