12 Years A Slave
Oscars Movie Review Series
Plot: 8 Solomon tells his story of freedom to slavery and back to freedom. The adapted screenplay has detailed verses and multiple flashbacks. After learning of this touching story, audiences will be permanently moved.
Acting: 9 Chiwetel Ejifor and Lupita Nyong'o both played their roles outstandingly. They wept with emotion and bought with bravery. The intense emotions could be felt on and off screen.
Mis-en-scene: 8 Taking place in the 1840s and 1850s, Georgia and New York were transformed unbelievably. Down to every last detail, the southern plantation settings were a true flashback to this time.