Painful to watch, brilliant and a true work of art, “12 Years A Slave” is the single most significant film ever made about the history of slavery in the USA.
To see these events from the point of view of a black man is very powerful. Usually, we see the “good white people” and the “bad white people” as the centre of focus.
Chiwetel Ejiofur gives a powerful and physical performance as Solomon Northup. Northup’s astonishing true story, of being born a free man who is sold into slavery, makes an enthralling read. As a movie, the visual images will always stay with you.
Lupita Nyong’s deserves every award she has won.
I recommend that people see this with someone else. There are moments that will choke you. Viewers of a very sensitive disposition should just stay away.
Having now seen the film three times, it’s worth several repeated viewings. It deserves its Best Movie Oscar.
Steve McQueen is an artist and he brings the same acute visual sensibility to this that he brought to “Hunger” and “Shame”.
I couldn’t publish this review when I saw the movie as I believed that white people had no right to comment on it. Now it’s out on DVD, I would urge you to buy it and watch it.