Needless to say, Dr. King's message has never been more relevant.
More often than not ... "Selma" focuses on the one thing we don't expect in a movie about Martin Luther King Jr. - his doubts - and Oyelowo comes through with a deeply felt and quite brilliant performance.
This is a film about work: the work at hand, the work it takes to do the work, and, for an audience in 2015, the question of whether the work worked.
Vivid, nuanced and, yes, timely.
Like Dr. King did, the film captures your mind and your heart as it entertains, the way great movies often do.
An uneven yet generally skillful effort that has probably drawn more praise and criticism than it warrants.
This is what Selma dares to do so well: show us the small, private moments in King's life, the intimacies, the humanity.
As a film, Selma is solid if unspectacular. As a dramatic portrayal of recent U.S. history, however, Selma burns with a fierce intensity.
We see history as it unfolds, not as it has been encased in amber, in a movie that needs to be seen in these anxious days of renewed racial and cultural unrest.