Written January 20, 2014
We liked it. It was very well done but disturbing. Acting was excellent.
The truth hurts. We're glad we did not live in that era. It's not for everyone.
We totally understand the Oscar nominations.
Written November 01, 2013
This is Steve McQueen's third film and his best. It depicts the unbelievable true story of Solomon Northup who is a free black man living in New York pre-Civil War. He is tricked and sold into slavery and is at the mercy of his masters for twelve long, horrible, torturous years. Chiwetel Ejiofor is a force of nature as Solomon playing the role of a free man forced to live this hell and looking for an opportunity to escape.
The rest of the cast Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Paul Dano are a superb, but it is newcomer Lupita Nyong'o who is most compelling. She plays Patsey, the beautiful slave girl who receives the unwanted attention of Master Edwin Epps (Fassbender) as well as the wrath of Mistress Epps (Paulson). But this story is about Solomon and Ejiofor maintains the dignity and hope of this man kfrom beginning to end. And for that I will be rooting for him and the film come awards season.
Written January 25, 2014
The movie is the same thing for two long, tedious hours. The message is that all slave-owners are bad, that all slaves except this one are numbed to the point of soullessness, and that a deus-ex-machina ending can be counted on to save the just.
Don't waste your time and money.
Written November 27, 2014
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT ADAPTATION OF OUR HISTORY! UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN AMERICA. IT WAS VERY HARD FOR ME TO WATCH AND TO THINK ABOUT IT MY HUSBAND AND I SAT NEXT TO A WHITE COUPLE WHICH MADE IT EVEN MORE UNCOMFORTABLE. I GOT ANGRY, I CRIED AND CRIED AND CRIED UNTIL MY EYES WERE SWOLLEN. THIS MOVIE IS A MUST SEE FOR ANYONE BORN AFTER THE SIXTIES BLACK OR WHITE. IF YOU DON'T KNOW YOUR HISTORY YOU ARE SURE TO REPEAT IT. THIS MOVIE HAS OSCAR WRITTEN ALL OVER IT. IF IT DOESN'T WIN THEN HOLLYWOOD IS NOT INTERESTED IN RESPECT, TRUTH, HONOR. I WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN BUT DON'T KNOW IF I CAN STOMACH IT. THIS MOVIE GIVES ME A GREATER RESPECT FOR MY ANCESTORS AND WHAT THEY WENT THROUGH, FOUGHT FOR, DIED FOR, AND SHED BLOOD FOR. I WAS SO BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO SIT IN THIS MOVIE WHERE I WANTED AND NOT HAVE A SPECIAL FOR COLORED ONLY! I WAS ABLE TO ENTER THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR AND NOT HAVE TO ENTER THROUGH THE REAR. I'M FEELING SO BLESSED AND THANKFUL!
Written November 12, 2013
Solomon Northup's book (same title) was MUCH better than the movie). McQueen took a couple of liberties that were not honest and somewhat unbelievable. (Former overseer actually picking cotton with the slaves AND a black mistress of slave owner's plantation living the part of a queen).
But, the general presentation of slavery and it's unbelievable cruelty were accurately - abhorrently so - displayed. The lead actor was excellent but supporting roles, such as Master Tibbets and the first slave pen owner were very poorly acted in my opinion.
Worth seeing as slavery is our history but not a well directed movie for me. Maybe 2 stars.