- Solomon Northup is well-off black fiddlist family man who is drugged, sold into slavery, and spends 12 years as a slave... it's pretty straightforward...
- This is one of those movies that takes you on a ride, and by the end of it the entire cinema just sat around for about a minute into the credits before moving. Gets pretty full-on.
- Acting (mostly) really helps sell how good it was for whites / bad for blacks.
- Lupita Nyong'o should win the Oscar for her role as Patsey. Whenever she's onscreen the performances of anyone around her improve (especially in her 1-1 with Chiwetel who is pretty good to begin with).
- Michael Fassbender brings a lot of energy to his nigger-beating master. Haven't seen Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club but the Supporting Actor Oscar is going to be interesting.
- Good to see two of the cast of Serenity doing so well. Hopefully they lend their weight to another movie / series
- 2 hour movie, and does drag slightly in the middle but picks up again
- Solomon wistfully breaking the fourth wall by staring into the camera as a storm brews around him
- (?) I've apparently been desensitised to the word "nigger" as I barely flinched when it was being thrown around the place.
- Similarly with the violence, it was pretty visceral, but I didn't find myself flinching nearly as much as others in the audience.
4 KFC buckets out of 5.
Note: I haven't checked up on the book at all, so not sure how much has been embellished etc. I daresay a fair amount.