THE BIRTH OF A NATION (2016) 5 Stars out of 5
My entire psyche has been shaken and challenged this week. My conscience too. Which leads me to the most controversial film of the year, that is also one of the best films of the year. THE BIRTH OF A NATION is as raw, brutal and violent as any movie you will see this year. Rarely will you experience an audience expressing so many audible gasps, strong applause and controversial cheering. Yes, cheering as the slave revolt begins and the slave owners and their families are slaughtered.
The “elephant in the theater” is not the memory of Nat Turner and the enslavement of the American Negro in THE BIRTH OF A NATION.
Let’s be honest. Who among us actually believes — that after we elect the next President of the United States — our country will become citizens united? Republicans, Democrats and Independents are all going to come together and begin singing “Kymbaya”? Really? I think not. Not in the toxic and dangerous world of 2016.
There is a lot of criticism directed towards this film and especially with this filmmaker. Nate Parker plays Nat Turner. His performance thus far this year blows the Academy Award competition away for Best Actor of the Year and for Best Picture of the Year.
Nate Parker also Directed, Produced, wrote the Screen Story as well as the Screenplay. Nate Parker could possibly win three of the five major Oscars and this film could win even more Oscars. And in the eyes of this film critic, would deserve every one of them.
12 YEARS A SLAVE won three Academy Awards in 2013: Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay. Next week, in PART TWO — a serious discussion about Nate Parker and this film.
ALSO NEXT WEEK:
Review of THE ACCOUNTANT
As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.
- Director: Gavin O’Connor
- Writer: Bill Dubuque (screenplay)
- Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons