I’ve been reading Solomon Northup’s memoir, Twelve Years A Slave, and it’s been quite a revealing narrative — a 12- year nightmare, truthfully.
I’ve been eager to see the film adaptation, and I went last night. It did not disappoint. It is incredibly sobering. It’s brilliantly written and brilliantly acted, but unsparing and gut-wrenching. John Ridley did an amazing job with this script, and Steve McQueen’s directing is equally good. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 96% rating, and it’s no wonder. “It’s far from comfortable viewing, but 12 Years a Slave’s unflinchingly brutal look at American slavery is also brilliant — and quite possibly essential — cinema.” — Rotten Tomatoes
I couldn’t agree more with the review posted on Rotten Tomatoes. The fact that this is written from Solomon Northup’s perspective only makes the intensity of the story that much greater. This has top billing in my book, but beware, it’s graphic and boldly honest, so if you have a weak stomach, you might want to re-think viewing this.
Brilliant writing, brilliant acting, brilliant directing = incredible movie moments.