While I'm at work, I often have some free time to read the latest book I'm obsessed with or catch up on my favorite TV show. When I've finished my book or watched all of the latest episodes I visit sites like IMDb to watch movie trailers.
So the movie 12 Years A Slave has been on my, "to-watch" list for a long time now. Tonight, my dreams finally came true... OKAY, I'm exaggerating a bit, but I was really excited to finally watch this movie.
Some of you may know that I got my BFA in Mass Media -- so I basically went to school to watch movies and learn how to make them some day. Thus, since my first aesthetics class, I haven't been able to watch a movie without critiquing it in some way.
Let me just start off saying, I LOVED THIS MOVIE! I think it's a must watch. It's one of the few movies I've seen lately that has inflicted so many emotions within a 2 hour time frame. I loved the way silence was used in the movie to create emotion rather than music.
And for those of you who want to see it and haven't, don't worry, there will be no spoilers in this post.
Throughout the movie Solomon, the main character, refuses to give into despair. And there is a part toward the end where he breaks the fiddle that has been given to him -- the one thing he still has in connection with his freedom. As if to show that he has finally broken, been worn down by the many trails of his circumstances.
And the whole time I was watching this movie I kept being reminded of the story of Joseph -- the story of a man sold into slavery by his family, treated unfairly for 13 years before there was any redemption. Yes, in this movie, there is redemption!
Anyway, I won't say any more about it! If you do watch it sometime soon, come back and tell me what you think, I'd love to hear from you!
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