12 Years a Slave (R) 134 minutes B
The Passion of the Slave
Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard, Paul Dano and Paul Giamatti
A couple of years ago I had to read the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave for a history class in college. I remember being angry, appalled and amazed by what I read. That book extracted some of the sting from watching 12 Years a Slave. Directed by Steve McQueen and based on Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir, 12 Years a Slave is a story that needed to be told. However, it's not that type of film I can describe as being "good," nor do I care to see it again. That being said, it's worth seeing for the acting and for the history lesson.