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David Oyelowo as a teenager and a black panther.
on 1 January 2015
A great performance by Forest Whitaker, although the character itself is not that likeable. Good to see David Oyelowo getting immersed in the African-American experience. He was convincing as a teenager as he still has that boyish look about him. Oprah Winfrey looked good in her sixties costume and it would have been good to see her dance a bit more, especially with an Afro wig in seventies costume. Lee Daniels brought out a solid performance from her, but I still think there's more in her that could be exploited in these period pictures as she has a whole history painted on her face. Alan Rickman puts in a convincing performance as Ronald Reagan, and Mariah Carey looked good as a cotton picker at the beginning, although with no dialogue you could see holes in her acting. Terrence Howard puts in a fleeting performance, and both Cuba Gooding jr and Lenny Kravitz are convincing. Vanessa Redgrave had the right presence, but I don't think her American accent was convincing. Overall it's a good film.