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watched it at a press screening this morning, oh my, it's pretty incredible
not that that makes it bad, mind. Good to hear.
much more than Lincoln (and I liked Lincoln) was this year
also saw Gilliam's new film the zero theorem
I feel like it wasn't particularly appropriate directly after 12 years... it had some cool ideas but I dunno if it completely hung together/felt like a modern update of Brazil
and the cowardly half of me feels like it would be just too bloody depressing to watch, no matter how good it is.
to not get too wanky about it, but I feel it's quite "important" cinema. It tells an extremely horrible but entirely true story very skilfully which needs to be seen by people so as to come to some sort of understanding of this horrible mess of a situation (obviously more relevant to American audiences but we still have a fair share of blame/guilt)
what's wonderful about it is that it's really actually quite subtle for such a "big" story. Everyone who's in it are brilliant (although Brad Pitt makes his usually slightly off-putting cameo as he does in everything at the moment) and complex and it's not overly sentimental or violent (when it is either of those things, it's only when it needs to be) but not patronising at all either.
Good on you, all I've done is lounge in bed.
Unrelentingly brutal in terms of the story (albeit with some great visuals and sound) but that's exactly as it should be. It's not a 'worthy' film at all - a Hollywood treatment would surely have romaticised so much of the story whereas this is very restrained in parts.
Chiwetel Ejiofor puts in an incredible performance. Especially given he has to spend half the film doing unavoidably BIG ACTING and the other half with a "How the fuck did this happen to me?" look of bemusement on his face. A poorer actor would have killed the film dead.
As it is, for a relatively long film, there's not a moment where you can take your eyes off it. Although there will inevitably be a lot of walk-outs and/or tears along the way. What a career Steve McQueen is having...
And then calling someone an "enslaver" because they asked her to stop? Quality stuff.