HARRIET - Review
Release Date: November 1, 2019
Director: Kasi Lemmons
Stars: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn
Plot: The story of the skill and bravery of Harriet Tubman to escape slavery and then help hundreds of other slaves to freedom
Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this in theaters now
HARRIET has "Oscar contender" written all over it. From the screenplay, to the score, to the acting, and beyond, I can see this film getting six or seven nominations with ease. However, it is still very early in the awards season, and with some big, powerhouse films on the way, this one might not make the final cut. Even so, this is an amazing and powerful film worth seeing.
Cynthia Erivo gives a career-defining performance as Harriet Tubman. Her acting draws you in and makes you feel like you are right there with her. You feel the pain, anguish, joy, relief, and courage along with her.
This is not an easy movie to watch. There is a lot going on that is disturbing and uncomfortable, but that is what makes it such a powerful and moving film. I went to the screening of this movie with a black friend, and when it was over I could see that she was visibly moved by it all. She told me she loved it, but it was going to take her a few days to process all that she had just witnessed. I know that, since then, the film has stuck with me, and I'm sure the same is true for my friend.
If you are a fan of history this is a must-see film. But beyond that, this should be shown in Junior High History classes for the next 50 years. It is a film that needs to be seen. Harriet Tubman was a true hero, and this movie does a wonderful job in bringing her life and accomplishments to life more than 100 years after her death.
If you have teenage children. Take them to see this movie. You'll have plenty to talk about when it is over.