Wednesday, November 27, 2013

12 Years a Slave review: a historical drama film

Director: Steve McQueen
Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender


"12 Years a Slave " is Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom.during the 1840's,A Black man Solomon Northup( Chiwetel Ejiofor )lives as a free man in New York, with his wife and two children,he earning a living as a violinist.On what he believes will be an out of town music show ,All is well until he meets two men who seem taken by his music and want to bring him along with them so he can play at various events,When Solomon wakes up in chains, his dark journey starts.Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity.In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist ( Brad Pitt ) will forever alter his life.

"12 Years a Slave "is dark and raw, it exposes everything, without sugarcoating it.It is definitely hard to watch.Films exploring themes of slavery are few and never has one been quite as exhaustive and effective as this one. Beautifully shot and edited, the film features moments of tension, heartbreak and a few laughs here and there.
Steve McQueen has created another masterpiece

Other actors give excellent performances as well.Paul Giamatti and Sarah Paulson are seen for a few minutes but both are great as usual.Benedict Cumberbatch plays a plantation owner, who recognizes Solomon's talent and tries to help him ,Despite being a slaver, he is presented in the film as being a good man.Cumberbatch was very good, though outshined by far by Michael Fassbender.Lupita Nyong'o is the emotional epicenter of the entire film.she playing the pretty young slave Patsey - the object of Edwynn Epps demented and horrifying affections and the emotional epicenter of the entire picture, gives one of the most devastating performances I have ever seen.Her life is a living hell, forced to endure the "love" of Edwyn Epps and the brutal jealousy of his wife, she's trapped in a terrible triangle that she can't escape.Despite that, she retains a level of innocence that only heightens the tragedy of her character.

To watch "12 Years a Slave "is to experience a level of despair and misery that many will find unbearable.It's a film of such ugliness that it may haunt you for hours if not days after seeing it.So why should you watch a film that could leave you reeling and devastated? Because, it's also one of the greatest cinematic achievements of our time.