2014 April 2014 At the movies Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall  from the April 2014 Edition

Director: Steve McQueen

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender,

“In the antebellum United states, Solomon Northrup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.”

This movie was nominated for 9 Oscars and took home 3, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress. It deserves all of the accolades including the first ever win for a black director. It’s been a long time since I have been on the verge of tears but this movie got to me. It is of course a really tough movie to watch and you know this going in. Also, it is a true story of Solomon Northrup who eventually wrote the book.

It is always painful to view the ignorance, depravity and cruelty that human beings can stoop to. This story is really in your face with it. Such heartache. But, well worth viewing of course and there are so many beautiful technical and human elements to this film. I can only think that some of the roles played with astonishing believability must have incredibly hard to perform. Go and see this movie.

IMDB has rated this film an 8.3/10 based on 145,000 viewers. I agree.

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