There aren’t too many movies these days that get me really excited. Once they stopped making Harry Potter
movies, I kind of lost interest. However, this fall movie season has really piqued my interest. From Carrie
to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
, I foresee a lot of my time being spent in the theater.
Another movie that I look forward to seeing is 12 Years a Slave
, starring Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and the delicious Michael Fassbender. 12 Years a Slave
is an adaptation of the autobiography of the same name, penned by Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor); a free black men from New York who was captured and sold into slavery to a wicked and malicious slave owner, played by Fassbender. Pitt portrays a Canadian abolitionist who seeks to free Northup once and for all.
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I imagine having children in Hollywood is a complicated matter. Of course one would want their children to see the work that they do, but when you take part in a project as gritty and unsavory as this one, where do you draw the line? Brad Pitt has a few ideas about this dilemma.
While on The Today Show
, Pitt was asked whether or not he would allow his children to watch 12 Years a Slave;
to which he replied: “Absolutely. Maybe my eldest I would [let him watch it] right now. I’d rather for the others to get a little bit older and understand the dynamics of the world a little more.”
Pitt continued by saying that this film is “One of those few films that cuts to the base of our humanity.” It’s something that children really SHOULD see, but I agree that it shouldn’t be until they have a better understanding of all the intricacies of the human condition and the details of this sad and dark time in our nation’s history.
Ejiofor, who plays the wrongfully enslaved Solomon Northup, said that, “It was heartbreaking to look behind the curtain of that period in history. I’d never read or see anything like it in my life. Of course, I knew about slavery, but mostly in a general context.”
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“This story really does put you in Solomon’s mindset, so that you start to understand what he is going through and what he is witnessing.”
Below is a featurette about not just the film, but Solomon Northup, as well. His story truly is a remarkable one.