12 Years a Slave made me angry, and grateful, in ways I didn’t always anticipate.
The film, directed by British filmmaker Steve McQueen, has been compared to Schindler’s List, a comparison that, in some ways, does it a disservice. The protagonist of Schindler’s List was a German with a conscience; Jewish characters were in the background. Like The Butler earlier this year (also from a black director, Lee Daniels), 12 Years a Slave focuses solidly on black characters in a story that includes decent white characters as well as monstrous ones, but no white hero per se.
Perhaps you’re already thinking this is a movie that I think you should see, rather than a movie you would want to see....READ MORE