12 years a slave

12 Years A Slave

Film review star rating ****

Steven Rodney “Steve” McQueen CBE (born 9 October 1969) is a British film director, producer, screenwriter, and video artist. For his 2013 film, 12 Years a Slave, he won an Oscar, BAFTA Award for Best Film and Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama, as a producer, and he also received the award for best director from the New York Film Critics Circle.

McQueen is the first black filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. Something you didn’t know, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011.

Well done Steve McQueen, your film was a smash hit. 12 Years a Slave is an excellent movie, one of my favorites for this year so far and above Django Unchained with Jamie Foxx and that’s hard for me to say as I like Jamie Foxx.

Chiwetel Ejiofor is an excellent British Actor and plays his role really well as a proper gentleman to be proud of, hard to imagine he was made to be a slave. This was hard to watch as he had built himself a reputation of high esteem and had a wonderful family to be proud of, with a beautiful home, before he fell to his knees in devastation, became penniless and live in hell!

I suspect many a woman would have found this difficult to watch. It was odd and painful that the white woman in those times seemed to be jealous of the raping and cruel treatment the slaves received. The attention their partners gave to the black American slaves was too much and they too punished the woman slaves. There were double whammies of mistreatment.

Benedict Cumberbatch and   Chiwetel Ejiofor

Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor

The Director was amazing! There was one scene where Chiwetel had to whipp Lupita Nyong’o because another beating from her Plantation owner the ‘rapist’ was simply too much! There was a romance between Chiwetel and Lupita, however it was not delivered that well in the film, though it is easy to understand why. There was too much to pack into this wonderful film and that would have made the film longer.

I wanted Chiwetel to free himself so many times during the film. There were opportunities, for instance in the muddy, woody plantations when he was delivering letters, he could have done. He was put off by the hanging he saw. He won a friend though and yes you would believe there is a God. He hoped he could trust this white man to help him. The white man was appalled that Chiwetel could write and turned him in, which unfortunately chastised him further and that was difficult to watch, so you could say the excitement of getting free was quite enlightening, and all about him was golden, however when he was found out, the Director of the film allowed you to imagine what the disappointment would feel like and you felt it too.

Would I watch it again? Yes I would. I was pleased that a lot of white people came out to watch the film (the vast majority in fact at my screening) and have widely praised the film in the media.

© Tiemo Talk of the Town

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3 Responses to 12 years a slave

  1. Jeff Rivera says:

    Good review! I understand Mistress Epps was battling a lot of jealousy, but the hatred it brought forth partly had to come from that character’s personality. I’m so glad I never lived during that time. I don’t know if I would be able to handle it, the movie was hard enough to watch, but at the same time, I couldn’t stop watching it. Very intense good movie!

  2. Tiemo Talk says:

    Thank you Jeff. Yes, a tough movie to watch, but gripping all the same. A very sad story. Brutal. Violent, but the story was very well told as it so vividly portrayed the horror of slavery and man’s gross and vulgar inhumanity to man.

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