Watching a Quentin Tarantino movie is kind of like paying someone 8 bucks to sit in a crowded room and watch some guy jerk off on film for 2 hours. Not really my thing, but I’m not entirely surprised some of my friends are into it. Based on my previous comments, it should come as no surprise that Django Unchained was on the top of my list of movies to completely avoid last year. Between Jamie Foxx’s inability to act and Tarantino’s inability to add any value to sentient life, Django, a spaghetti western turned slavery revenge flick didn’t really give me a warm and fuzzy.
However… there was light at the end of the tunnel. Because a few days after Django Unchained was released, a trailer for an upcoming Steve McQueen slavery film surfaced on the internet. Although technically not a slavery movie in the fashion of Amistad, “12 years a Slave” is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free born African American living in upstate New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery for 12 years before …well I don’t want to spoil the ending.
Now, a full year later, the reviews are in and it looks like we have a winner:
If you are an Oscar hound and festival fiend such as myself, you have likely heard of the ecstatic response Steve McQueen’s newest film, 12 Years a Slave, has received on the internet. The film had a momentous response in the mountains of Telluride, where many Oscar pundits declared the Best Picture race over and done with. Then, the film made the trek north of border to Toronto, where it got an equally warm response from the more “general audience”, movie-going public at TIFF, where it won that festival’s People’s Choice Award as the festival’s best film, an award usually given to more upbeat film’s such as last year’s winner, Silver Linings Playbook.
But decided for yourself by checking out the trailer below: