Monday, June 25, 2012

HotMess.Com: The Winnie Mandela Movie

LAWD! They are serious about releasing this Winnie Mandela movie huh?

Jennifer Hudson and Terrance Howard

The trailer for the Winnie Mandela movie has been floating around the internet for the past 2 years or so and much to my chagrin the movie is finally getting a release date. The all new movie trailer features Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Mandela and Terrance Howard as Nelson Mandela. After seeing the trailer, trust me when I tell you it leaves a lot to be desired.  I told you last year how much I HATED the actors American version of the South African accents and I still 1000% stand by that statement. On the plus side, the movie's cinematography is beautiful but everything else is just bleh! Check out the trailer and let me know what you think:


1 comment

  1. With regard to the accents of Terence Howard and Jennifer Hudson I think it needs to be borne in mind that the South African accent is one which has troubled foreign actors more than any other. There are a long list of notable names who have received bad press (local) following their atttempts to play South African roles: Morgan Freeman (Nelson Mandela), Matt Damon (Francois Pienaar), Danny Glover (Boesman and Lena), Nicole Kidman (The Interpreter), Daniel Craig (Munich) Ian McKenzie & Susan Saradon (A Dry White season), Denzil Washington (Cry Freedom) and many many more. The bottom line is that we (South Africans) will always be able to sniff out the foreigner when they open their mouths - no matter how good an actor/actress they might be. That being said, both Terence Howard and Jennifer Hudson have been highly commended for their portrayals of Nelson Mandela and Winnie respectively.

    My personal opinion is that much of the criticism ("chagrin") comes from a deep-rooted and ill founded sense of South African pride and ownership which finds it hard to accept that film makers have the audacity to cast Americans to play South African roles.

    We need to recognise that casting decisions are more often than not made on the basis that the artistic presence of big name stars would enable the director to produce a film at a budget that would enable it to be competitive within the world-wide film industry. Furthermore, it is often overlooked that, the involvement of names such as Terence Howard and Jennifer Hudson creates opportunities for South African and African artists and technicians to achieve world-wide recognition whilst working alongside people of their stature.

    If we took off our blinkers for a while and had the maturity to look past our 'precious' accent being murdered we might be pleasantly surprised by a very well made film with a very unexpected message


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