Monday, 12 May 2014

Get yourselves down the shops and go buy this film

Winner of this years Academy Award for Best Picture, and the only film we've ever given a 9/10 to, 12 Years a Slave is brilliant, brutal and heartbreaking film. Directed by the brilliant Steve McQueen (the Turner prize winning artist, and you should definately check out his previous two films Hunger and Shame), the film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northrup, a freeman kidnapped and sold into slavery. With a supporting cast that boast Micheal Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Lupita Nyong'o in her first film role, this film is intense in many ways. People have complained that its too violent, but in response to that I say educate yourself. No film could ever be as violent as the inhumanity that was forced upon the people forced into slavery in real life. But still, any attempt to 'sugar coat' the punishments and taunts would do an injustice.

As McQueen stated in both his Bafta and Oscar winning speeches, this film talks about not just the slavery of black American's, but slavery of alsorts, of which we should feel complacent about:

"Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup... I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery. And the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today." (source)

I can't recommend this film enough to you people. Listen to our podcast review to hear more of what we think.

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