3. 12 Years A Slave (2013)
12 Years A Slave is without doubt one of the most lovely, riveting, and emotional motion pictures I’ve seen prior to now 10 years, however it’s so taxing, brutal, and harrowing that I’ll in all probability by no means watch once more regardless of how a lot I beloved my first viewing. This is generally on account of the truth that the movie is without doubt one of the most correct and horrifying portrayals of slavery lately and will in all probability been seen by everybody, however man, it’s a tricky movie.
We solely see Cumberbatch’s portrayal of plantation proprietor William Ford for a short while within the 12-year battle by Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and through that point, we see as tender of a efficiency as we will see from a slave proprietor. Compared to what comes later within the type of Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), Ford comes off as a conflicted and complex man on his time that’s able to seeing the error of his methods. This particularly seen within the scene the place Ford items the classically educated musician a violin. But then once more, he does promote Northup to Epps after an incident with an overseer on the plantation.