Sunday, December 8, 2013

12 Years A Slave

12 Years a Slave is a film about a free black man who gets kidnapped and sold into slavery, for 12 years. Steve McQueen is England's answer to Paul T. Anderson, so every single aspect of this film is brilliant: A subtle score that perfectly enhances the sense of hopelessness in each scene. Incredible performances that heighten the tension, emotion and realism. Beautiful cinematography that craft tremendously powerful images. Memorable characters, that don't even get out shined among its incredibly talented cast, and basically Chiwetel Ejifor's solo act. I like that this film paints a picture of slavery that isn't as black and white. It showed that not all slavers were evil, and it was just life for some of them. Also, slaves were not treated as people, so there are some pretty horrendous scenes. This movie kind of feels like Schindler's List if it was from Ben Kingsley's perspective. Its an incredibly amazing story, and even at its 2 hour 15 minute run time, it never feels boring. The thing that really does it for me, as no surprise, is Michael Fassbender. His performance is so amazing, and it may be his best, or at least on par with shame. He is pure evil. Many characters in this film are bad people, but that is basically because they are raised "knowing" that slaves are worse than cattle, but Fassbender is a whole something else. It really is one of the best movies of the year and I am really pulling for some Oscars nods for McQueen, Fassbender and Ejifor.
And Benedict Cumberbatch is a hunk
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