I never saw this film previously because it seemed depressing for the sake of being depressing, and I was pissed it won Best Picture over Raging Bull (which it definitely should not have).
This is a touching drama about grief and its effects on us and those around us. The performances here are breathtaking, and Redford’s handling of these characters and their world is empathetic and gentle.
With 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen delivers a staggering cinematic exploration of evil and endurance, bringing the brutalities of slavery to life in unflinching - often unbearable - detail.
While his direction is the real marvel here - chock-full of breathtaking long-takes and stunning compositions, not to mention jaw-dropping cinematography by Sean Bobbit - it's Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender's (and Lupita Nyong'o, though I feel the praise for her is slightly undeserved - at least the amount of…
Less than ten minutes into this film, I knew I was watching the worst film of the year. Seconds later, I came the realization that Jaden Smith would be delivering the worst performance I've seen in more than a year. An hour and a half later I came the realization that I'll never get that hour and forty minutes back. I also came to the realization that I just experienced a completely useless, empty film. I also had a headache.…