Harriet (R)

Written by Gregory Allen Howard, (screenplay co-screen written by Howard and Kasi Lemmons, directed by Kasi Lemmons and starring Cynthia Erivo, Harriet tells the story of bad ass, real-life super hero, Harriet Tubman.

There is so much  I love about this movie…

I love that “Harriet” is not “another slave movie.” It is a biographical work which takes poetic license with some fictionalized characters and events to round it out. It shows Harriet Tubman as a fleshed out character in love, in faith, in prayer, in friendship, etc. It is NOT a documentary, so the timeline doesn’t always add up, but whatever!

I am growing to love historical fiction more and more as a genre for reading as well as movies. “Harriet” is written, told, acted and shot, brilliantly.

I love the evolution of Harriet as a character as she goes from a descendant of slaves who knows she deserves to be free with little to no chance of that happening until she takes responsibility for her circumstances, runs, then discovers, embraces and follows her purpose.

I love the way the power of Harriet’s faith is brought to life on screen. Her seizures are visions and trances as she communes with God and does His work. Looking at what this woman did, it’s hard to deny there is something divine about it. All circumstances indicated she would never not be a slave and reach freedom, much less do all the rest of the amazing things she did after she freed herself. (Did you know that in the midst of all of her work she had NINE children! What. A. Woman.)

I love that it was written, screen written and directed by Black people who gave Harriet the care, consideration and respect she so deserves. Kasi Lemmons, I am proud of you Sis, and glad you got your project produced.

I love that even though I know how the story ends and the story was delivered in a rather “boiler-plate” fashion, there were some powerfully suspenseful scenes.

I love that Kasi Lemmons gave her husband a part. (He’s been consistently working, but mostly in television (on shows I haven’t watch), so I haven’t seen him in a really, really long time.)

At 2 hours 5 minutes a lot of information about Harriet’s full life was fit in, and it never felt rushed or careless or overloaded.

I love that “Harriet” makes me want to devour every piece of information I can find on this Phenomenal Woman.

Now on to the unpleasantness. What I didn’t like…

I’m nitpicking here and I know it sounds very “armchair quarterback” (Like, what movie have I made lately? I know…), but I have a pet peeve about this. I disliked when Harriet told the story of how she came to have her seizures. That could have been the first scene, let her take the hit when she was younger, get knocked out, have a vision and wake up right in that field where the movie began. Perfection. I have this thing about narrating what could be scenes inside of movies. I didn’t come to hear about it. I came to see it! I want to see it! I understand how budgets work, but another 5 or 7 minutes just for that scene would have gone a long way in making the story more “solid”.

Despite this small (but important) detail, Harriet is a movie I will undoubtedly watch again and again.

Oh… and I could care less about what Cynthia Erivo did or did not say about African Americans.  I’m not throwing away a whole movie that took Hollywood entirely too long to make because of some foolishness. Harriet deserves and commands my attendance!

Harriet earned 9 out of 10 bloops. It is an excellent, entertaining movie that is inspirational and powerful – just like the figure on whom the film is based.

https://slate.com/culture/2019/10/harriet-movie-historical-accuracy-fact-fiction.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/23/movies/harriet-tubman-facts.html

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Bloops:

1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

Past Reviews

Parasite
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Shaft
Rocketman
Shazam
Dumbo
Us
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
The Wife
If Beale Street Could Talk
What Men Want
Eighth Grade                          Vice                                                     Roma
Mary Queen of Scots            Widows                                              The Favourite
Green Book                            Halloween                                         Nobody’s Fool
Bohemian Rhapsody            Beautiful Boy                                    The Hate U Give
First Man                                Assassination Nation                       The Oath
A Star is Born                        The House with a Clock in Its Walls  A Simple Favor

 

The Predator                           BlackkKlansman                              Support the Girls
Peppermint                             Christopher Robin                            Crazy Rich Asians
The Happytime Murders      RBG                                                     Won’t You Be My Neighbor
Sorry to Bother You               
You Were Never Really Here
Rampage                                   A Quiet Place                                   Ready Player One
A Wrinkle in Time                  Lady Bird                                          I, Tonya
The Florida Project                 Black Panther                                  Molly’s Game
The Post                                    Phantom Thread                             Den of Thieves
All the Money in the World  Coco                                                   The Greatest Showman
The Disaster Artist                 Call Me By Your Name

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Shape of Water                Marshall                  The Man Who Invented Christmas
Victoria and Abdul                 Thor: Ragnarok                    Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Mother!                                     It                                             Good Time
Atomic Blonde                         Dunkirk                                 Girls Trip
Spider-Man: Homecoming   The Big Sick                          Baby Driver
All Eyez on Me                       It Comes at Night                  The Wedding Plan 
Wonder Woman                    Everything, everything        King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Raw                                           Kong: Skull Island              Logan
The Girl with All the Gifts    A Cure for Wellness           Get Out
Hidden Figures                      Fences                                   Moonlight
Hell or High Water                Loving                                  La La Land
Lion                                          Manchester by the Sea     Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge                      Nocturnal Animals            Captain Fantastic
Elle                                           Jackie                                    I Am Not Your Negro
The Lobster

Thank you for reading. You can scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page, hit the “follow” button and enter your email address to subscribe to bloopbymimi, and never miss a review; or you can follow me on twitter @bloopbymimi1

Bloops:

1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

 

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