4-star review: Spellbinding '12 Years a Slave' so raw, so real
Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northrup, a free man who is sold into slavery, in Steve McQueen's “12 Years a Slave.” The film, a painful depiction of what slavery was like, has the hallmarks of an award-season contender.
Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 12:00 am
If you were around in 1977, you remember the impact the television miniseries “Roots” had on the national psyche. Millions sat transfixed as the history of American slavery was spelled out in all its awfulness, told mostly through the eyes of a single slave and his family.
That's what “12 Years a Slave” aspires to do on the big screen, and succeeds at the highest level of craft and artistry. It's at least 1977 since we've had a depiction this raw and real of what slavery was like, told from a black man's point of view.
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