Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Double Movie Review: 12 Years a Slave and Gravity

First, I want to thank everyone for their encouraging comments on my last post about Trent's therapy. I love the support I get from the blogging community!

Now...onto more important things... In my quest to see all the Best Picture nominees, I have stayed up entirely too late 2 nights this week watching 12 Years a Slave and Gravity.

12 Years a Slave
PlotIn the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Review: A piece of me didn't want to see this because I knew it would be hard to watch. And that's totally pathetic because someone actually LIVED this story. {Not to mention the millions of other slaves} But I'm really glad I watched it. This is a story that I wouldn't have believed if it weren't based on a true story. I thought all the acting was superb. Everyone deserves an award! To have to put yourself in the mindset of a slave would be hard, but I also think being in the mindset of the slave owner/racist would be hard too I think. All that hatred. Ugh. Several of the characters made my skin crawl. Overall, this movie was hard to watch. But it was amazing. I really thought it was well done, I have no complaints.

PlotA medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.
Review: I really enjoyed this film but wish I had seen it in the theater {and maybe even IMAX}. Allison and I almost went this fall and I chickened out because I thought it was going to be too intense {Sorry Allison!}. But I think it would have been much better {but not too intense} in the theater. Sandra Bullock was amazing. I absolutely loved her performance! It did kind of remind me of Castaway because you spend a lot of time watching 1 person do stuff without much talking. And when it keeps you entertained, that's saying something about their performance.

I still need to see Her and Wolf on Wall Street, so hopefully I can accomplish that before Sunday!


Sarah Allen said...

Gravity was so good! Haven't seen the other yet, but if it has Benedict Cumberbatch it's gotta be good :)

Sarah Allen
(From Sarah, with Joy)

Anonymous said...

Maybe it was because I didn't see it on the big screen, but I was disappointed in Gravity. Space Camp was better! :) - AP

Karen M. Peterson said...

Sigh. I know I'm in a tiny minority, but 12 Years just didn't grab me.