There are no tricks or gimmicks, no cheap takes on a side story or character that is put there for time filling or a life-lesson for Solomon to learn. Benedict Cumberbatch plays a plantation owner, who recognizes Solomon's talent and tries to help him to a certain extent. In her first role in a feature film, Lupita Nyong'o, playing the pretty young slave Patsey - the object of Edwynn Epps demented and horrifying affections and the emotional epicenter of the entire picture, gives one of the most devastating performances I have ever seen. However, please contact us if you believe that informative content on this service affects in any way your legal rights. Even the few characters like Benedict Cumberbatch's Ford or Garrett Dillahunt's Armsby who seem to have shades of gray, of course turn out to be turn-coats. Did I cry for several minutes after the screening?. Micheal Fassbender gives the best performance of his already extremely impressive career, even besting his previous high marks from the films Shame and Hunger both directed by Steve McQueen, who also directed 12 Years a Slave.
In 12 Years a Slave, slavery is shown as a horrifying and destructive social construct that drains the humanity from everyone it touches, turning good men into moral quandaries, turning flawed men into monsters, and turning an entire race of people into livestock and tools. Despite being a slaver, he is presented in the film as being a good man. My body felt as though it were being weighed down by something considerably larger and heavier than myself. All is well until he meets two men who seem taken by his music and want to bring him along with them so he can play at various events. He's forced to endure terrible things, but he always maintains a certain dignity and nobility that makes his plight even more affecting. One thing that cannot be denied is the exquisite camera work of Sean Bobbit.
I literally could not rise up from my seat. Hans Zimmer puts forth a very pronounced score, enriched with all the subtle ticks that strike the chords of tone. Other actors give excellent performances as well. John Ridley's screenplay has a few fine dynamics, but quite frankly in the end all the characters in the film end up being literally too black or white. But again, any kind of shading the actors may have tried to play gets lost with McQueen's endless habit of sticking the camera repeatedly into the actor's faces. Epps, Sarah Paulson is just as wretched.
Instead of taking the easy way out and limiting his exploration of the topic solely to the slaves, Steve McQueen increases the scope and we see how it affects those who profited by it. To watch 12 Years a Slave is to experience a level of despair and misery that can become overwhelming. I haven't seen everything yet so I cannot yet if it deserves it or not. He has the urgency, worry, and drive to get home to his family and executes every emotion flawlessly even when all hope seems to be lost. He comes off as a relatively good man who is trapped within the powerful confines of the institution of slavery. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life. This movie is a potent reminder of why we are where we are as a society today.
Not everyone will be able to stomach it but it's an outstanding film that deserves and needs to be seen. His performance as Solomon is stunning and unforgettable, I truly hope he wins the Oscar for it this year. Where he shines incredibly are the small nuances that he takes as the story slows down, you notice aspects of Solomon that make him even more believable. How man can be so unflinchingly cruel to his fellow man, especially if he looks, speaks or behaves differently, I will never understand. Facing cruelty personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender , as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
It is a film that stimulates at both an emotional level and an intellectual one. Paul Dano gets a few minutes of screen time as well but makes incredible use of it. As Edwin Epps, Solomon's last owner, Michael Fassbender digs down deep into some evil territory. Is it the guilt of someone's ancestors manifesting it in your tear ducts? Hope you will like it. Steve McQueen has created another masterpiece. Mark my words; Lupita Nyong'o is the emotional epicenter of the entire film.
Despite that, she retains a level of innocence that only heightens the tragedy of her character. From LuisSubs 3 years ago 1 37. Thanks to D3xt3r and Clog. I've watched hundreds of films throughout my short 29-year history and I've seen some difficult cinema. Perhaps the most noteworthy thing about 12 Years a Slave is the way that it portrays slavery itself.
By turns pathetic and terrifying, he embodies the ultimate nightmare of a deeply flawed man given absolute power over other human beings, and through that absolute power finds only madness, which drives him to deeper cruelty. Don't forget to rate please. Is it difficult to see the first openly gay politician gunned down by his closeted colleague? Subtitle Info Updated one year ago Framerate 23. He's vile and strikes fear into not only the people he interacts with but with the viewers who watch. I've known he was capable of what he has accomplished as Solomon Northup and he hits it out of the park. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.
Most actors get very little screen time. I'd argue that these answers add up to a resounding yes. He's also a very patient film maker, utilizing long, steady single shots to emphasize various things. The film is based on the real story of Solomon Northup played by Chiwetel Ejiofor , a free black man living in New York, who is abducted and sold into slavery in Louisiana. The structure of this country is built on the backs and blood of slaves. Films exploring themes of slavery are few and far in between and never has one been quite as exhaustive and effective as this one.