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12 Years a Slave

Director: Steve McQueen

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, Benedict Cumberbatch

Everything is as and exactly where it should be. Perfectly done in all the best and worst ways.

Feels as authentic as anything I have seen in a long time.

Looks as authentic as anything I have seen in a long time.

I can't imagine writing 160 year old dialogue. Ridley deserves a lot of credit for the tone created in this film.

Ejiofor and Fassbender are perfect in a film where a lot of great actors show up. Ejiofor does so much to effect the film without using dialogue. Really amazing performance.

What I dislike: There are a couple of characters that I don't feel were fleshed out properly. That's a nitpick though. I don't think it would have stood out in another film but did here because everything else is so perfect.

What I like: I can't believe I am giving two films in the same year a pefect rating on one viewing. 12 Years A Slave is simply one of the most affecting films I have ever seen. It reminds me of Schindler's List in that it probably will not show up on a lot of my favorite lists, and I probably will not revisit it very often. It will always come up though when discussing the most poignant movies, or movies that have the most emotional effect on me. This man's story is beyond extraordinary. However if this was a fictitious account it would be no less an amazing film. That is a rare accomplishment. McQueen has his masterpiece.