"I don't want to survive...I want to live"
Perhaps all is well in movie land when provocative and daring filmmakers like Steve McQueen can manage to find financing and send off such hard-sell movies like 12 Years a Slave to the multiplex. McQueen's third feature, following 2008's Hunger and 2011's Shame makes a bid to be his biggest and awards baitiest. Featuring an ensemble of players including Chiwetel Ejiofor in the role of Solomon Northup, a free black man abducted into a life a slavery, McQueen muse Michael Fassbender as the Big Bad, cinema good Samaritan Brad Pitt and an always-welcome Alfre Woodard.
I'm so glad distributor Fox Searchlight decided against the original December 27th release date in favor a mid-October plan. A provocative film like this (a rarity considering it tackles the issue of slavery through the eyes of a black filmmaker...think about that) deserves time to build and to soak itself in the cinematic unconscious, a time of which would be utterly unsuitable in the post-Christmas glut.