12 Years a Slave is 2013 historical film adaptation of the memoirs of by Solomon Northup. A free African American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and then subsequently sold into slavery.
Directed by Steve Mcqueen, and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and other famous actors, the film has gained a lot of acclaim and won won three Academy Awards.
I can’t say the film is enjoyable, it’s quite a brutal film, but then you don’t watch this type of film to especially enjoy it or revel in anything, even the possibility of a good ending and revenge etc. It’s also hard to say that the film is especially educational, it’s certainly true that during the time of the film depiction, there were a lot of horrible actions, and even today the same is done behind closed doors. Most people know the past and present is filled with horrific actions, especially so of the slave trade in America since it is still relatively recent and poignant.
However the film is very moving, the way it has been adapted to a film, and the acting is extremely good, and this is why it has garnered so much acclaim. As a story of a man’s hardship in a brutal, racist and hypocritical environment. Chiwetel Ejiofor is actually one of my favourite actors, every film or TV show I see him in, he puts on an exceptional performance and carries the rest of the cast, however I feel Michael Fassbender and others in the film equally perform extremely well and all together ties the film together as a masterpiece of storytelling.
I highly recommend others to watch the film, it tugs at your emotions and draws you into the time of that world, becoming a story that is well worth experiencing, to further understand the hardships of people in the past and the present.