12 Years a Slave [Movie Review]

12 Years a Slave [Movie Review]
Hello there!
This is a review I have been putting off writing for so
long. Mostly because this was such a depressing movie, but one I am so glad
they made. It couldn’t have made the story of slavery more realistic and
beautifully interpreted than they have done here. I wanted to see this movie
because I read the true story book it was based off of by Solomon Northup. This
movie adaption followed the words to the letter, and was even better than the
written words. They captured some things in this movie that just couldn’t be
captured in the words. I read the book before I saw the movie.
I had this movie for three months before I watched it
because I didn’t want to see it alone. I am glad I didn’t, and was so happy to
have my older sister by my side.
They have an amazing cast come together for this movie.
There was Benedict Cumberbatch (who I thought I wouldn’t be able to get out of
my mind as Sherlock, but that was fine), Brad Pitt, Paul Dano and Sarah
Paulson. The main actor who played Platt/Solomon could not have done a better
job. And the actress who played Patsy – my. Just thinking about this is making
tears spring back to my eyes.
The filming job done in this movie was amazing. Steve
McQueen, the person who made this movie should be seriously proud. Apart from
the amazing acting, the cinematography was done brilliantly. The shots were all
meaningful, the focus was on point. There was one scene where Solomon is
standing in a precarious position for a long time in silence – (if you have
seen the movie then you know what I am talking about) and that moment wouldn’t
have hit home any harder if it was done in any other way.
The treatment of slaves in the past breaks my heart. I
cried twice in this movie, and I don’t really cry when I watch things much. So
people who are used to having waterworks, be prepared. I cried once at after
Pasty’s biggest incident, and also at the very end of the movie.
What breaks my heart the most is that we never know how
Patsy’s story will end. And that is simply because the person who this all
happened to, who wrote this tale also doesn’t know how hers will end. I hope
there was something better for her in her future, although it is hard to
believe it at times.
This is one of those movies that I want to review, but I
will never be able to truly review it right. It was too moving, too emotional,
and too… too everything. I think the most justice I can do for this movie is
making sure everyone watches it. Because it did justice to a lot of people who
had to live and suffer through those times.
This movie won three academy awards. Each one of them
rightly done so. It was the best movie I saw in 2014 and I am sure many others
think so too. It’s rightly rated a 16 because this movie is harsh and reveals
all. It runs for 128 minutes.

New Video! My haul of Chantilly and Co planner stickers. 

Olivia’s Question: Have you seen this movie? Have you
read this book?

Olivia-Savannah x


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