Movie Review: “Harriet” an AMC film

By Josh Vogt

Harriet is a historical drama following the life and achievements of Harriet Tubman, a former slave that escaped only to return to free countless others from bondage. The movie stars Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman, or Minty as she is known before she reaches freedom, and the actress could not have been anyone else.

Cynthia Erivo brings a depth and an emotional energy to the character of Harriet that pulls you in, makes you forget you know the ending, and really brings the story to life. Her singing talents are used throughout the film to show how the slaves would use traditional songs as signals in order to orchestrate their escapes, and they are beautiful.

The supporting cast of characters brings a life to this world, pulling the history off the page and giving you a deeper understanding of what life was like during their time. There is so much personality in each character, and they do not shy away from things that are potentially hard to hear or make you uncomfortable.

The music of the film is moving, powerful, and excellently chosen for each moment, driving the scenes right into the audience. Cynthia Erivo performs several songs in the soundtrack, all of which are hauntingly beautiful, absolutely inspiring, and moving all at once.

This film was a cultural experience, and really brings the history of slavery back into the light as it always should be. It does an excellent job of putting you in their shoes and showing you how hard they had it, even after becoming free in Harriet’s case. This is something that everyone should see at least once, just to experience it.

The movie opened Nov. 1, and can be seen at any AMC theater.

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