Reviewing "Invictus"

A friend (he’s a filmmaker himself) emailed me his opinion about “Invictus,” the film in which Nelson Mandela disguised as Morgan Freeman conspires with Matt Damon to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup and absolve white people from all responsibility for wealth and privilege amassed under Apartheid:

I saw Invictus … I just wanted to tell you that from a filmmaker’s perspective I thought the story was not well-developed and the characters lacked dramatic arc where they have doubts, grow, learn etc. I enjoyed the acting, but was not satisfied with the script and the film overall. It was missing on the side of the drama and felt more like a docu-drama as opposed to a strong drama with an engaging storyline. And thus, in that way, it was disappointing

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is on the international affairs faculty of The New School. He is the founder and chief editor of Africa is a Country.

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