It’s powerful stuff – an important film that quietly and simply tells its story. And what a story – a shocking tale of injustice and political prejudice that leaves the viewer deeply moved, shocked and angry. But it also records a significant moment in the American civil rights movement in the 1960s.
Understated performances rule, with Martin Luther King’s advisors quietly present, providing a word here, an opinion there. But it is the (quietly) towering performance by David Oyelowo that is the centre of this deeply humane drama.