“12 Years a Slave” Review: Patience is Living


"12 Years a Slave" Review: Patience is Life

“12 Years a Slave” or “Django Unchained”?

I have never been a very patient person, but after watching Steve McQueen’s (Shame) 12 Years a Slave, my patience has been humbled. Its an obvious metaphor, but Solomon Northrup’s (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Children of Men) story of living (not just surviving, but living) is the epitome of how hard life is.

I can’t and don’t even want to imagine how hard it would be to kidnapped for 12 years and thrown into slavery. The pain on Solomon’s face is undeniable and the truth in everyone in the movie’s performances is extremely evident. Beyond Ejiofor’s Oscar-worthy performance, Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness), Paul Giamatti (Win Win), Brad Pitt (World War Z), Paul Dano (Prisoners), and Sarah Paulson (Mud) play a slew of impressive supporting roles. Each of them influences the life of Solomon in one way or another (negative and positive).

Michael Fassbender (Prometheus) brought a whole new kind of insanity to an antagonist. Fassbender is a big favorite of mine and I believe that this performance is the one that will win him his first Oscar. I don’t think any supporting performance come close to the grit and lunacy portrayed by this man as a slave owner.

Fassbender makes Solomon’s journey one of patience and teaches us that life isn’t worth living if you aren’t patient.

Rating:

Critically: 9.5/10

Personally: 9/10

By: Jonny Havey | Editor-in-Chief

@jonnyhavey

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Author:jonnyhavey

A few years ago I founded the companies Mile High Movie Reviews, LLC and Mile High Pictures, LLC and have decided that it is time to let it go and move to bigger and better horizons. I have always been about taking the next step, and that is why you are here. I am now the founder, CEO, Producer and Editor-in-Chief of Vlizz Entertainment and hope to lead a very talented staff to success. I’ve been passionate about film ever since I saw Peter Jackson’s “The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) and have found a love for the creativity and the business behind the industry. I am a double major in Accounting and Film Studies and Production at the University of Denver (DU) and am applying for my MBA. I will also be working towards getting my CPA license in the next few years. I have been involved in the online entertainment journalism industry since August 2010 and am excited for how social media is paving its future. My goal is to redefine the film and entertainment industry by combining my cinematic creative passion with an extensive knowledge of business, finance and most importantly accounting.

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One Comment on ““12 Years a Slave” Review: Patience is Living”

  1. Glo
    November 4, 2013 at 7:59 AM #

    Looking forward to seeing this movie!!

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