12 Years a Slave

12-years-a-slave-posterTonight, we saw Steve McQeen’s film 12 Years a Slave. It was extraordinary. Everyone involved must have gone on an extremely difficult emotional journey in making this film. I cannot imagine how hard it must have been to play these characters, these real life human beings who brought evil, and suffered evil for so many years.

I imagine it will be hard to receive honors for this film that are sure to come. How can you celebrate a time in our history such as this film portrays.

One must believe that Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o’s portrayals of Solomon Northrup and Patsey will forever be a benchmark for all actors.

12 Years a Slave drives home that there is no place in our nation for racism, and yet there is evidence in the news for it every single day.

This film should be required viewing, and those queued through the lobby to see Ender’s Game in the same cineplex, written by a celebrated homophobe, should be made to see a double feature.