Best and Worst of the 2013 Toronto Film Festival: 'Gravity,' '12 Years A Slave,' 'Devil's Knot'
It was a good slate of films north of the border this year
Worst: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Idris Elba and Naomie Harris are great actors. In fact, they both deliver superb performances as Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." Sadly, director Justin Chadwick and screenwriter William Nicholson have either decided or been forced to turn most of the South African icon's life into a series of historical flashcards. The film barely lets up as one moment in Mandela's life is quickly passed by for another and then another. And, through it all, only Elba and Harris seem to bring any dignity to the proceedings. Perhaps "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" isn't the worst movie that premiered at Toronto, but it was certainly one of the most disappointing.
- Gregory Ellwood