Excerpt: 12 years a slave è già un classico, sin dalla sua uscita in sala: ne ha il passo potente e fermo, le buone intenzioni ed il finale edificante, che tuttavia non risolve e non consente nessuna catarsi. L’oscurità e l’orrore non si cancellano e restano addosso a lungo.
Excerpt: El imprescindible Steve McQueen sublima su evolución formal y pasa a la liga de los grandes aforos con la que junto a “Gravity” y “Dallas Buyers Club” es, de momento, la más sobresaliente propuesta de lo que llevamos de 2013. Un peliculón impepinable.
Excerpt: In realizing this journey, McQueen and his collaborators take the personal humanity of “Fruitvale Station” and magnify it twenty-fold, resulting in not merely the year’s best-made film, but the most powerful and enriching one as well.
Excerpt: Esta película es para la esclavitud algo así como el equivalente cinematográfico de lo que La Pasión de Cristo fue para la crucifixión de Jesús: una reconstrucción terriblemente “realista” y dolorosa que le hace ver al espectador lo que aquello significó, sin suavizarlo.
Excerpt: this film falters enough that it needs to be acknowledged, its passage of time muddled…some lesser acting skills distancing, Hans Zimmer’s score only occasionally rising above cliched Celtic themes and mournful fanfare.
Excerpt: [P]erhaps the most important achievement of this staggering film is how acutely and precisely he depicts the psychological cruelty of one of the most evil sins humanity has ever inflicted upon itself.
Excerpt: Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance is the essence of the picture. With his expressive eyes and quiet demeanor, he single-handedly commands our attention even amongst more flashy characterizations from his fellow actors.
Excerpt: 12 Years A Slave is more than just one of the best movies of the year, it stands alongside Roots as a significant cinematic contribution to this country’s never ending discussion about slavery.
Excerpt: This is the third time I’m attempting to write a review for 12 Years a Slave. Usually it takes me two to four hours at most to complete a review, one if it’s a film I don’t particularly care about and wish to be done with by going through the expected template of a film review. After all, there’s only so much you can write about Texas Chainsaw 3D.
Excerpt: There have been many films dealing with the Civil War and the Antebellum Period, few have tackled the era from a slave’s point of view, giving 12 Years a Slave a level of urgency that increases its impact.
Excerpt: Guiding the bold, audience-reassuring turn of fate that concludes 12 Years a Slave is a privileged worldview, a perspective from which the horrors of slavery can only be rendered in full, grisly detail if there’s a guarantee of hope, however hard-won or downright unrealistic, on the other side.
Excerpt: On those rare, bold and special occasions cinema has a definitive way of capturing the historical hideousness of human despair and demoralization. Absorbing and comprehensively thought-provoking, 12 Years a Slave is one of the most hostile yet insightful movie-going experiences you will realize with glaring appreciation this year or any other year at the movies.
Excerpt: Quite possibly the definitive film about slavery in the 19th Century United States, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is not just a bleak history lesson but a literate, engaging, and ultimately devastating film that tells the incredible true story of Solomon Northup and captures all the horrors of slavery along the way.