When you’re set to watch a teaser trailer, there’s the strong possibility that you will be shown little to nothing on the movie that it’s advertising. There isn’t anything wrong with that, other than it’s a cheap ploy to try and wrangle over more potential audience members into keeping interest over said movie. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is yet another one of those films that falls into the teaser trailer trap, but it’s not a bad thing either.
The teaser trailer paints out a really gorgeous landscape as our hero walks along to some unknown destination. Between the way this scene is shot and the inspirational voice-over monologue, this may actually be a piece of the film without us even knowing it. If that were the case, then all the editors had to do was paste the teaser credits and leave the rest alone. Talk about a simple job.
Then there’s the casting of Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela, whose voice you hear throughout the trailer. Between his inspirational speeches in Pacific Rim and this touching one in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Elba’s really turning himself into the spokesperson for motivational quotes found in recent movies. First he’s told audiences that the “apocalypse is cancelled” because he said so, and now he’s in this trailer talking to us about how to let go of hate. I’m convinced that he could talk audiences worldwide to buy a certain brand of cereal and we would all buy it.
Anyways, check out the teaser trailer below:
Will you watch Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom when it comes out?