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Old 01-17-2014, 12:56 AM   #361
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Not long back from seeing this and as much as I thought it was good I don't have any desire to own it.

I actually had it pre-ordered before I went to the cinema but am going to cancel,it's just not a film I see myself viewing in a hurry again.
I will own it but it may be years before I put myself through it again.
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Old 01-17-2014, 01:07 AM   #362
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Doesn't every film follow some basic formula if you break them down far enough?
Yes, for thousands of years, because it works.
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Old 01-17-2014, 01:11 AM   #363
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Yes, for thousands of years, because it works.
Okay? Did you get the context of my post?
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Old 01-17-2014, 02:36 AM   #364
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"I will not fall into despair till freedom is opportune!"

Wow, what a harrowing, brutal, and incredibly gut wrenching film. Steve McQueen's directed a beautifully shot and acted film that delves into the darkest side of American History. It doesn't matter what we know about the events of those time, this movie drags what seems to be even more of the darkest sides of it up, creating a film that is incredibly riveting, yet traumatizing, and beautiful yet ugly. The film is carried by its lead, Chiwetel Ejiofor, who gives a performance that will be remembered for years to come.

Ejiofor's performance as Solomon Northup, a man black man in New York who is kidnapped and forced into slavery for twelve years, is absolutely incredible. He's absolutely incredibly and breathtaking, giving a career beset performance. He makes you really feel what Solomon feels, and you feel like you're a part of his life. His just so incredible to watch, because he brings so much emotion to the character, you can guarantee more people will be offering him roles soon. The supporting cast is incredible as well, with Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch both sticking out and leaving marks on the film. Fassbender in particular is an evil, despicable man of the South, that there is nothing redeemable about. He plays the role so well, with so much intensity, that you can't help but watch. He's never disappointed in any role, and this is no different.

McQueen's film is visually beautiful. It's a very nicely shot and put together period piece, with incredible sets and locations. He has replicated the look of the south in that time frame completely, and it's so well done. The score is also quite good, causing so much tension, it's one of the best scores in recent memory.

I'm very pleased that the film didn't let me down. But it's a daunting watch, and one that will leave you cold after, making you feel dirty for the atrocities that happened in those times. Everyone gives incredible performances, with Chiwetel's being an easy contender for the Best Actor win at the Academy Awards. You have to be in the right mood for this movie, but it's one everyone should see. It'll leave a mark for a long time.

5/5
They were fabulous, but the film was made even more so by Lupita Nyong'o playing Patsey. She was breathtaking and I couldn't take my eyes off her. Her portrayal gave me goosebumps and I'll never forget it. IMO, she deserves to win.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:59 PM   #365
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I wasn't as impressed with this as some on here, but quite frankly this kind of film isn't my idea of entertainment.

I saw it, had to see it to see what the hype was about. Whilst I can say that I was deeply moved by some of the performances, the scene where
[Show spoiler]he was hanging from a tree and people were just walking by etc.
was very strong, but I thought too much of it was "hollywood".

For example, the convenience of
[Show spoiler]Brad Pitt's character just happening in the space of 10 minutes (screen time) to get his letters sent
.

I was also expecting to be brought to tears at the end, but this didn't happen. I felt for the character, but I think they could have put more work into the end.

Also, I felt there was too much
[Show spoiler]whipping etc.
, maybe that is me being uncomfortable with seeing that (one might argue the movie did its job) but I felt some of it was unnecessary.

Anyways, I won't be watching that again, I can understand why some of the scenes would demand a lot of hype, and the performances were strong, but imo it was not the 5 star movie I thought I would see.

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Old 01-19-2014, 11:50 PM   #366
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Seeing this tonight!!
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:03 AM   #367
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I liked this movie but the end was way too convenient and rushed when compared to the tone of the whole movie. Maybe I'm desensitized but I didn't find this move hard to watch like most people stated.
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Old 01-20-2014, 03:04 PM   #368
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I watched this last night in an empty theater and ended up leaving in tears. This truly is a devastating but beautiful piece of cinema, and without a doubt one of the most important films ever made.
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:02 PM   #369
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Finally had a chance to see it. Acting was great, especially from Fassbender. But the movie looked like it was shot and put together by a complete amateur. If this wins any technical Oscars, it's a joke.
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:20 PM   #370
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I watched this last night in an empty theater and ended up leaving in tears. This truly is a devastating but beautiful piece of cinema, and without a doubt one of the most important films ever made.
Wow. Powerful comment.


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Finally had a chance to see it. Acting was great, especially from Fassbender. But the movie looked like it was shot and put together by a complete amateur. If this wins any technical Oscars, it's a joke.
Can you please elaborate on what technical aspects of the picture you found amateurish? Not to intimate that the Oscars always reflect merit, but the film has an editing Oscar nom. Personally, I'm a little frustrated that Sean Bobbit wasn't nominated.
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:00 PM   #371
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Can you please elaborate on what technical aspects of the picture you found amateurish? Not to intimate that the Oscars always reflect merit, but the film has an editing Oscar nom. Personally, I'm a little frustrated that Sean Bobbit wasn't nominated.
Sure, definitely. To me this movie screamed student film. Everything from attempted yet tacky natural lighting, i.e. Fassbender strategically trying to readjust the lantern to light their faces, to plot mechanics. Not once did the movie properly convey that twelve years have gone by. We also had zero establishing shots. The paddle boat looked like LEGO in a fish tank. The editing was all over the place with weird long shots into nothingness which lasted far too long.

The director used too many tricks and most fell flat. It kept taking my attention away from the plot.

EDIT: I've just looked it up and found that this movie had a relatively speaking big budget of $20 million. There's no excuse for shoddy amateur technical work like what I saw.

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Old 01-20-2014, 06:02 PM   #372
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Wow. Powerful comment.




Can you please elaborate on what technical aspects of the picture you found amateurish? Not to intimate that the Oscars always reflect merit, but the film has an editing Oscar nom. Personally, I'm a little frustrated that Sean Bobbit wasn't nominated.
Sean Bobbit is the biggest snub as far as I'm concerned, the film looks phenomenal and raw.
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:12 PM   #373
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Wow. Powerful comment.
I was pretty bummed that I was the only one there, but I guess you also have to take into consideration it's been out for several months. Not to mention the subject matter isn't very, well, pleasant.
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:39 PM   #374
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Sure, definitely. To me this movie screamed student film. Everything from attempted yet tacky natural lighting, i.e. Fassbender strategically trying to readjust the lantern to light their faces, to plot mechanics. Not once did the movie properly convey that twelve years have gone by. We also had zero establishing shots. The paddle boat looked like LEGO in a fish tank. The editing was all over the place with weird long shots into nothingness which lasted far too long.

The director used too many tricks and most fell flat. It kept taking my attention away from the plot.

EDIT: I've just looked it up and found that this movie had a relatively speaking big budget of $20 million. There's no excuse for shoddy amateur technical work like what I saw.
Don't know what you're talking about, those things were deliberate choices to engross the viewer. When you're a slave, your life is not your own anymore and you basically lose track of time like a prisoner.

Btw, the plot is in the title.
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Old 03-08-2014, 12:23 AM   #375
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Finally watched this - was good but nothing phenomenal. The acting from Ejiofor was amazing though and he should have won Oscar for Best Actor. Fassbender and Giamatti were great in this too.

Glad I rented it - it just felt too long to sit through in the theater (same goes for Wolf of Wall Street where both these films just felt longer than actual running time).

McQueen is a very talented director though - I've enjoyed watching all three of his films now.
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12 Years A Slave (2013) is a historical drama that doubles as an adaptation of the memoir written in 1853 by Solomon Northup, who was a free black man who was born in New York State but was kidnapped in Washington D.C. by two conmen and sold into slavery. The film was directed by British director Steve McQueen and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as the aforementioned protagonist, as well as other notable actors such as the following: Michael Fassbender, who portrays Edwin Epps, a cruel slave owner who comes to own Solomon; Paul Dano, who portrays John Tibeats, a carpenter whose ego clashes with Solomon's intelligence; Lupita Nyong'o, who portrays Patsey, the most productive of Epps' slaves and also the one whom he regularly sexually abuses; and Brad Pitt, who portrays Samuel Bass, a paid laborer who works alongside Epps' slaves and condemns Epps for how he treats them.

In 2014, the film won three Academy Awards, which were those for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay, the second of which was awarded to Lupita Nyong'o.

Anyhow, the reason that I am making this thread now, in 2018, is because I have recently watched the film for a second time after purchasing it on Blu-Ray several months ago, and it's therefore at the forefront of my mind. It's the most cathartic film I have ever seen, as it depicts the brutality of slavery in the context of American history and via the personal experiences and observations of Solomon Northup. I usually avoid films about slavery or the Civil Rights Movement, because I find these two topics to be depressing. However, I decided to give 12 Years A Slave a go and was blown away by it; it is emotionally powerful, beautifully shot, and quite resonating. The quality of the directing is so great that it has caused me to view McQueen as one of the best directors in the modern day.

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It definitely only won three Oscars: Picture, Supporting Actress, and Adapted Screenplay. I think you listed the nominations.
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I'm pretty sure there's a thread for this already.
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While watching a behind-the-scenes video about the film's production, I noticed that McQueen never operated the camera and that another person, whom I presume was his director of photography, did so. I'm assuming that this is standard practice, though directors such as Christopher Nolan and Michael Bay do so themselves. Anyhow, assuming that this is standard practice, why is this the case? Why don't most directors operate the cameras themselves? Since it's often other people besides directors who literally shoot movies, can a director really be said to be the eyes behind the camera?
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It definitely only won three Oscars: Picture, Supporting Actress, and Adapted Screenplay. I think you listed the nominations.
Thanks. I corrected the error.
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