TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE
Review: This is about a New York State citizen named Solomon Northup who was abducted and sold into slavery.
Director: Steve McQueen
Actors: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch
Genre: Biography, Drama and History
One amazing true story! Based on the book of Solomon Northup. All the way through I couldn’t believe what I was watching. Steve McQueen stated in an interview that this should be as famous as Anne Frank’s story. They couldn’t have done this film without Chiwetel Ejiofor. His performance was extraordinary. The role must have been impossible for him to do but he did it so well. When Steve McQueen first came up with the idea of this film and approached Chiwetel Ejiofor he wasn’t sure whether to take it on or not. It is a very tough film to watch. The actress Lupita Nyong’o did a fantastic job. There are several times where you might find that you have to look away because it is so harrowing. You never really got a sense of what the time was in the years he was a slave. The only criticism that I have is the five minute scene towards the end with Brad Pitt. Yes he produced it and was a good producer but should not have acted in it. In 2014 at the Golden Globe Awards it won Best Motion Picture – Drama. At the Bafta Awards also the same year it won Best Film and Chiwetel Ejiofor got the Best Actor Award. This won 3 awards at the Oscars also in 2014. They were for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress and for Best Adapted Screenplay. A must see!!