Ate 9 so far…no regrets
IT’S EITHER LIKE:
I did NOT enjoy this film. Here’s the problem: It conveyed NO new or unique perspective on slavery. It was only rehashing the unbearable amounts of torture that slaves had to endure-a part of history which, while important to understand, no one can deny or ever forget. And while the majority of the cast demonstrated some true acting talent, I still think it was put on a pedestal mostly because slavery is a very sensitive topic and can’t be fairly judged without hasty backlash (honestly, no one is going to say that a movie about slavery was bad). I basically found this production to be unnecessary and almost walked out half way.
Lastly, my issues with Lupita Nyong’o, or how people have perceived her. Just because she’s from Africa and played a slave does not mean she represents the image of a “strong black heroine who, in the face of adversity, eventually achieved her dreams” which everyone seems to praise her for. She came from a middle class, suburban family and studied at Hampshire College for God sakes. I guess my point is that you should not admire her solely for being black, or think that just because she is black she automatically had to struggle her way to the top.