A review of 12 Years a Slave, with o
nly mild spoilers
So, I went to see 12 Years a Slave. Never heard of the book before, so I'm was going in totally unaware of what I was in for. I hadn't even seen a trailer.
Holy shit, that was a brutal piece of film. The Color Purple or The Help this ain't. It's brutal, uncompromising look at slavery - one of the worst thing mankind ever did (and still does.) It's moving, in all the right ways, but it really makes you wanna kill a lot of people - Michael Fassbender first. He gives a villain performance rivaling Ralph Fiennes in Schindler's List. Chiwetel Ejiofor is perfect as a man just trying to survive, even when that means stooping low. And newcomer Lupita Nyong'o (yeah, I admit, I had to look it up) is just mesmerizing, and the what happens to her character is probably what made me the most angry in the whole movie. It's not the movie's fault - it describes exactly what happened. I can give more details if you ask me in the comments.
My only problem with the movie is Brad Pitt. His character is just not that well executed for me. I know that, once again, this was true to the facts, but I think they could as presented him better. As it is, he just smacks a bit too much of mighty whitey (or mighty Canadianey, I suppose).
Still, a very good movie - but it's not a joyous one. See it absolutet;y, but make sure you are in the mood for something grim.
As always, questions and comments are welcome!