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12 Years A Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013, USA)

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12 Years A Slave is a very good film, that is a certainty. But I will not go further and say the film is brilliant because despite it being a high and mighty achievement in film, it falls short of its potential.

The first hour or so of the film felt flat and a rather bit two dimensional, the second hour was far better and it brought some much needed life into the picture but that does say that wasn’t without its faults. The film was not emotive enough, it tries so hard to be but just doesn’t work for me.

I also felt the directions from McQueen could have been better, perhaps if they were I wouldn’t have these criticisms. Don’t get me wrong the film is very good, but the film could have and probably should have been a masterpiece, but it’s fallen a few steps too short.

Stephen King
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