8/10 = Must See / Worth Owning
12 Years A Slave
Directed by (my boo) Steve McQueen
Heart wrenching story about one mans pretentiousness and his jarring ‘nigga wake up call’.
Didn’t know how I felt about the film when I first saw it. Didn’t think it was too great until I saw the films it’s been up against for all the awards. Easily the front runner for everything that’s come out this year.
Chiwetel was bad, but not worse than Idris as Mandela. Maybe had a thing to do with the disconnect from having non American actors retelling this story of slavery in America. It’s not a reality they’re faced with daily so I wouldn’t expect them to understand.
Alfre got it. Lupita got it. Sarah got it. Michael got it.
Benedict failed. Chiwetel failed. Brad Pitt failed.
Paul Dano is twisted yall. Watch out for him. In every film I’ve seen him in it’s almost effortless the way he pulls this darkness out of him.
Even after it all I was put off by Solomon still having his nose up at the other slaves as if he were in some way cut from a different cloth because of his “education”. You’d think his experience would make things clearer for him.
When white people are too believable as racists and bigots it makes you wonder what place they’re pulling that hate from. More often than not, white actors are more believable as slave owners and racists than they are nazis and anti semitics. Just sayin’
We should make a slavery movie every year titled ‘Never Forget - the sequel’ or ‘We Know What You Did Last Century 1-3’
This review is not cohesive at all. I wrote it in parts after I saw it back in october.
Rating scale courtesy of ministryoftruthfilmratings