Summary: Falling between the twin pillars of the art house and prestige period flick, 12 Years A Slave is history lesson as horror film, powerful, visceral and affecting. And after years of being great in everything, Chiwetel Ejiofor shines in a lead worthy of his immense talent.
Excerpt: 12 Years a Slave is the true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man kidnapped into slavery, the inhuman condition in which he languished for 12 years, enduring unimaginable sorrow and torment but ultimately making it out the other side, regaining his freedom.
Excerpt: 12 Years A Slave certainly had a good night at the Oscars this year, taking home 3 awards. It was nominated for even more. Critics seemed to adore the film as well. I can tell you that I enjoyed it more than I expected, but still don’t think its worthy of all the praise.
Summary: Although I'm not sure that '12 Years a Slave' is really deserving of its Best Picture honor, I won't deny that it's a well-made and occasionally (although not as often as I hoped) moving examination of the horrors of slavery.
Conclusion: 12 Years A Slave is a triumph of filmmaking. Even with my very minor quibbles about the film, there is no denying that this story has been very effectively brought to life in a way that makes in an important viewing experience.
Excerpt: The gala screening for 12 Years a Slave comes two days after Philomena received the red carpet treatment, continuing a trend for high-profile films adapted from memoirs. Philomena is a story told by a journalist who jokes his integrity prevents him writing human-interest stories � but if he did,...
Conclusion: Falling between the twin pillars of the art house and prestige period flick, 12 Years A Slave is history lesson as horror film, powerful, visceral and affecting. And after years of being great in everything, Chiwetel Ejiofor shines in a lead worthy of his immense talent.
Summary: Despite reports to the contrary, Steve McQueen's Oscar-bait drama is not the greatest film ever made. It may well be the greatest film ever made about slavery, but that says more about the movie world than the work itself.