12 Years a Slave

Can something be beautiful and horrifying in the same breath? 12 YEARS A SLAVE stands testament to that, in its juxtapositions and visual compositions, the song of a bird behind the scream of the lash, daily contradictions that epitomize the Old South. But most of all, the film stands testament to women and men subjugated and degraded by pervasive evil. We don’t get deep into the head of free man-turned-slave Solomon Northup (played by a nonetheless excellent Chiwetel Ejiofor), but thanks to director Steve McQueen (not to be confused with the late king of cool), we see through his eyes. The view is stunning. –YSM

2 responses to “12 Years a Slave”

  1. Mary P. Keating says:

    Nice summary. I don’t think it really works as a movie, but it’s so powerful that it doesn’t matter. You don’t get too deep into anyone’s head, and I don’t know why. Whatever misgivings were forgotten in that moment when Solomon rides away, free again. A sublime moment.

    This is one I look forward to discussing at New Year’s.

    • CF Cooper says:

      While we agree about not getting into folks’ heads (at least, not Solomon’s), I think it still works as a movie. Amazingly well, actually.

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