Originally Posted by lordcloud
A great movie by the way. I had a few issues with it though. Some scenes made it feel as though things were repeated a few too many times, and the story drug a little bit. Just a little bit. Otherwise, spectacular acting all around, Chiwetel Ejiofor in particular. I look forward to every movie that Steve McQueen. He is, in my opinion, one of the best directors making movies today.
I agree that despite Steve McQueen's artistry and the awesome talent of his ensemble cast, 12 Years a Slave
did drag at times; but I had thought that the film's slowness might haven been more a reflection on me than the film. The history of the Civil War and its causes has been a lifelong passion. Thus, I have read so much about our dreary national curse of slavery that seeing its evils depicted in the graphic manner McQueen chose to use was not much my idea of popular entertainment. I must be wrong about that though. Both the viewing public and the critics have given it overwhelming acclaim. I gave it 7 Stars out of 10 but consider the source. In this connection, my grandson, who saw it with me, was blown away by 12 Years a Slave
On a more positive note, the acclaim given to Chiwetel Ejiofor for his luminous performance was richly deserved, as it has been for Michael Fassbender as a drunken, deranged plantation owner. Sara Paulson, as his cold and meanspirited wife, was equally effective in a much smaller role. Despite the discomfort it caused me, I intend to see 12 Years a Slave
again when it is released on BD in order to more fully appreciate its wonderful cast and their performances.