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Posted October 1, 2010
History comes alive in the hands of Steven Spielberg
I’m a fan of the movies put out by Steven Spielberg. He has taken true historical events and turned them into such captivatingly beautiful movies that none can compare. What Spielberg did for the Holocaust in “Schindler's List,” and WWII in “Saving Private Ryan,” he did with our terrible past of slavery in “Amistad.” This film’s strength is in its portrayal of the horrible treatment of the Sierra Leone Africans who are illegally captured for slaves in the 19th century. This movie, and the event itself, was not about freedom of slaves in America over an American issue, but instead about whether slaves on a Spanish vessel were illegally captured or if they were what lawyers in the film called "livestock" in the Spanish Empire when they killed all but a few of the boat-masters. The film portrays this and then the morality of slavery in an unobtrusive way, and that’s what makes this movie great along with the score, which I believe should have gotten at least a nomination. The film is gilded by beautiful sets and costumes where even "Doctor Zhivago" pales in comparison. The photography was more than stunning. However, the film is slightly marred by the somewhat empty performances by some of Americans in the film who lack emotion and engaging dialogue, and the film doesn't unfold as smoothly as one would expect from a Spielberg creation. There are other things that are underrated, such as Djimound Honsu's unforgettable performance as the leader of the slaves as well as the drama and ghastliness of the shipboard treatment of the slaves. The person that slightly disappointment in here is Matthew McConaheys. While not bad but not as good as it could have been. Morgan Freeman played is role well here but not his best because at times he would look slightly wooden. Anthony Hopkins in the other hand is amazing. His speech at the end will send shivers down your spine. There is also a beautiful scene of Hounsou and McConaughey character's communicating perfectly in languages the other doesn't know. “Amistad” does give you emotional punch through a mild action sequence. It is purely drama, and the story's power lies in the words, expressions, and actions of the actors who make up for it. It’s truly one of the better films out there, and once again, Spielberg has proven himself to be the master of putting the human spirit on the silver screen. Even though critics place it to be a ‘good’ film I find it to be a great!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Oh My God...
We watched this movie in World History this week...I think it was the first time in my life that I was ever seriously disturbed. I mean, The Ring scared me, but Amistad made me sick. I walked to my next class in terror, clinging to my best friend's backpack. It was an interesting story, though, because of an act of memory lapse, I missed the first 45 minutes of it, and I had to read what happened online. Matthew does an awesome job in his role. I don't think I'll ever see things the same again. I had a book "The Captive", and I haven't read it yet, in the 5 years its been in my 'To Read' list. I think its about time I actually read it...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.