Film Rating: 10/10**********
Directed by Steve McQueen. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch.
This film was brutally fantastic.
We were deciding which film and this it was between this one or Inside Llewyn Davis. We went for 12 Years A Slave in the end because we thought it would have been a better film choice and plus the ratings from Rotten Tomatoes is very high at 96%
Plot synopsis: Set in 1845, this film is based on a true story about Solomon Northup, a skilled carpenter, who was born a freeman living with his family in New York, but he was tricked, drugged, kidnapped and sold into slavery. This is his story.
I knew what I was letting myself into when I decided to see this film. I knew there would be violence, cruelty and so many scenes I don’t want to see. But I knew I would be deeply touched by it and that it would be the most amazing true story I’ll ever see in my life. I remember briefly studying about it in History when I was 14 and we watched this TV miniseries called Roots, which I never finished watching.
The cruel and violent scenes were so horrific that I kept wincing; it was extremely hard to watch. The film was a masterpiece and its great to hear that its up for so many Golden Globe awards. It gave an insight into slavery and showed how brutal it was. Solomon said in his book that William Ford was a benevolent owner, however he was passed to Edwin Epps; he was extremely brutal and inhuman (I can’t tell you how much I despised him). He would whip and torture slaves who didn’t pick 200 cottons each day. Epps was played by Michael Fassbender and he did a really great job of playing the villain.
Throughout this film, I was wondering WHERE’S BRAD PITT?! He played Samuel Bass. When he finally turned up by the last quarter of the film, he didn’t have a lot of scenes in it but he was the key to Solomon’s freedom. I really liked Bass. He had the conversation with Edwin talking about justice. This gave Solomon the courage to confide in Bass and Bass ultimately saved his life.
Overall, it is a really fantastic film, but I wouldn’t recommend it if cruelty and violence would bother you. I’d recommend it if this story interests you though. I am glad I watched it. It does make you feel bad and puts your life into perspective. I wouldn’t want watch anything like this again because like I already said, it’s really hard to watch. Great performances from all the actors, especially Lupita Nyong’o who played Patsey. I can’t fault this film, so I give it the full 10 stars for the most realistic film I’ve ever seen.