By Tambay A. Obenson
While I haven’t yet personally reviewed the film on this site (I want to see it a second time before doing so), if you read my interview with director Steve McQueen, as well as my September 25 piece on slave movies, titled Despite Success Of ’12 Years A Slave,’ Many Stories Set During The Period Still To Be Told, you’ll know that I was underwhelmed with 12 Years A Slave (I first saw it about a month ago).
However, I certainly don’t despise it. I just feel that praise for it has been excessive.
But if you think I’ve been “anti” 12 Years A Slave, you’re in for a “treat” in S&A film critic fave Armond White’s review of the film, published this afternoon.
Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that White didn’t care for the movie; after all, it won’t be the first time that he’s critically-obliterated a film that’s seemingly universally-loved. It’s humorously expected. And given the celebration that has been critical and audience reaction to 12 Years A Slave, a literary thrashing of the film by White was a near-certainty. Click link below for the whole article.