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Ressa's avatar


Very good cinematography and directing. This is truly a fine film. However I do not think it is a masterpiece. It is raw, beautiful and brutal but there is a lack of development in characters which left me irritated. No doubt impressive performances by Ejiofor and Fassbender, but unfortunately for them, their characters and talents doesn't get challenged enough. So even though they put up very good performances you kind of feel like they got away with it easy. Which is too bad. There is to much "look how slavery was on the outside" instead of telling us the story through the characters and their development.
Before I sound too grumpy I will say that its definitely one of the better films this year.
8 years 9 months ago
MrDoog's avatar


Eh Mr Zimmer you're supposed to write new music not just reheat your Inception rift in a completely different type of film.
8 years 9 months ago
jamesmcavoy's avatar


Honestly I was kind of disappointed with this film. Yes, the story is horrifying (in a good, REAL way), and the acting was okay (not as mindblowing as I had heard it was going to be), but the title is kind of misleading... it felt like 12 days/months a slave rather than 12 years. It felt rushed while at the same time being rather long, if that makes sense? Basically the passing of time felt unnatural. At the end I almost wondered how the hell Solomon had managed to stay 12 years spoiler. Good film, with an incredibly important subject that really needs to be remembered, but it just wasn't amazing.
8 years 8 months ago
BadFluffy's avatar


Somehow I was disappointed. The characters stay as thin as they first appear, including the protagonist. In the end, it all feels like a dry recital of facts, a vague journal of the abomination that is slavery but without any real human emotion or insight to it.
8 years 8 months ago
Scratch47's avatar


I find this film difficult to talk about as the cumulative effects have stuck themselves into a deep personal place in my gut and I wouldn't be able to comment on it properly without first getting some time and distance, but will try, needless to say, this film is a masterpiece. Ejiofor, Fassbender and Nyong'o will all get their due rewards. The constituent technical elements, though excellent, play second fiddle to the constant threat and brutality, and the camera eye is almost invisible. I was weeping like a baby towards the end, in a scene of punishment that starts at 'shocking' and ends at 'Satanic wretchedness against the innocent'. What is more remarkable is that this isn't a film of agenda or judgement. This film doesn't seek attention but nonetheless demands it: McQueen's not inserting his belief systems as a lens, but instead, through a minimal, plain, narrative, clears dust away to let the horrors in. By playing the film mainly as an emotional experience, he invites the audience to plumb the depths of their own accumulated, frustrated horror. You cannot 'make up in your mind' some of the things you will be confronted with whilst watching this movie. You must face the brutal truth, a response that comes from deep within the heart and doesn't give you a chance to fake it. In today's world of a disgusting sophistry designed to conceal such truths, this is no small achievement. Bravo.
8 years 11 months ago
kayjay027's avatar


I absolutely agree that Steve McQueen's camera positions, angles and movements were absolutely what made the film. The acting was good, but not oscar worthy; the story (albeit it a true one) showed the physical horrors of slavery perfectly; yet, the emotional? Not so much. It is the first movie I have seen that will be up for Best Picture, and I have a feeling there are much better choices out there.
8 years 9 months ago
senorroboto's avatar


It's very moving, the cinematography is excellent. I thought that the progression of Solomon as he went from struggling to merely resigning himself to his fate was devastating and very well done. The star-studded cast teetered on distracting but everyone played their parts admirably.
7 years 12 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


12 Years a Slave is pretty much what you expect it to be. Like all slavery and Holocaust movies, it's a harrowing horror show, filled with injustice and indignities, building awareness about a shared dark history, but in this case, though it is a true story based on a book written by its protagonist in the mid-19th Century, a free black man kidnapped, taken South and sold into slavery, it's also a film about one man's endurance and tenacity. I do find problems with it, however. The leads are great, but their characters flatten out over time, with little nuance or evolution. Or perhaps this is the result of director Steve McQueen not tracking those 12 years very well. Events could indeed happen over just 2 or 3. Only the fact Solomon Northup's family members have aged and grown up by the time he rejoins them tells that tale. You don't feel it during the film. Smaller parts are even as well served, accents are all over the place, and what I imagine is dialog straight out of the book sounds stilted and strange. The story IS worthy of course, and where McQueen shows brilliance is in his images, editing and sound design. He creates beautiful atmospheres, uses interminable takes to put his point across, uses the landscape to contrast the horror... Strong film making. I just wish every other aspect did the subject matter justice as ably.
5 years 7 months ago
Groke's avatar


To everyone complaining about lack of character development, was it somehow lost on you that this story isn't a work of fiction? What kind on development do you think you would go through while kidnapped, enslaved and brutally abused? Chronic traumatization generally tends to leave a person stuck in an escapist state of some kind. Solomon among others demonstrated amazing psychological resilience by preserving his willpower and taking action to help fellow victims after his release.
1 year 4 months ago
Joker of Gotham's avatar

Joker of Gotham

For me this movie is Overrated, not the best movie of the year, the movie is great but you already know what the movie is about.
Fassbender is good, he was better in Shame, if you think that he is a bad person, go see Guy Pearce in Lawless.
This movie is the front runner for best picture, it probably is going to win, to me is not the best movie of the year.
8 years 8 months ago
corchap's avatar


Everything comes together so well to tell an amazing story with such depth and soul. Acting was beyond words and Steven McQueen, once again you blow my mind with your talent.
8 years 8 months ago
devilsadvocado's avatar


What a house of horrors our forefathers built.

It's frustrating when a film like this inspires you to action but there isn't anything to be done.
8 years 7 months ago
IreneAdler's avatar


An absolutely fascinating, superb and special movie. I believe it is a very important film about slavery and human beings in general.

The actors were all really amazing, even in the small supporting roles... and above all Chiwitel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o and Michael Fassbender delivered stunning performances - sometimes just saying everything with very small changes of expression in their faces - sometimes bursting out with emotions.

Emotionally I was very touched by the movie - some scenes are so beautiful, others are so brutal and really hard to watch, especially due to the real background of the story.

Director Steve McQueen once again did a wonderful job... I'm looking forward to hopefully many more of his movies. I favourited this movie - it is definately hard to watch, but nevertheless beautiful and one of the best movies I know. I certainly wish everybody involved best of luck for the Oscars!
8 years 8 months ago
royalspikey77's avatar


The soap and the whip...

very late to this movie mostly because the subject matter is so horrible however it is an excellent film, worthy of its awards. As others have commented, the only issue was the passage of time - hard to perceive and perhaps deliberately so - maybe it needed one of those cheesy "seasons come to pass" tropes to ram home the years passing by.
3 years ago
MrPredator's avatar


i liked it a lot. in today's world there are many racasm and other problems and white americans have disccriminated to african americans and should rethink history. this is a good story about dark moments in recent history.
7 years 6 months ago

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