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Analysis Of Henry Stewart´S Movie Review: Why 12 Years A Slave Is A Bad Movie

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12 Years a Slave, is a movie based on the story of Soloman Northup, a free African-American man who was sold into slavery. 12 Years a Slave shows the hardships that Northup had to face as well as Northup eventually being set free again. Henry Stewart writes an article titled “Why 12 Years a Slave is a Bad Movie”, in his article Stewart tries to tear down 12 Years a Slave but fails to because of his weak assumptions, lack of evidence to support his claim, and the overall feeling that Stewart did not fully grasp the basic concept of the movie that he is claiming is a bad movie.
Henry Stewart attacks 12 Years a Slave by first by saying that it had an unspoken motto that the main character in a different movie said a lot. Stewart also claims that the writer added things into the movie that were not in Soloman Northup’s autobiography and because of this the movie lost all credibility because it was no longer based on a true story. The last thing that Stewart attacked was the fact that this movie did not include every slave’s story. While trying to make his point Stewart failed to bring up any evidence to back up his bold statements. At one point in Stewart’s argument he brings up a great point about the addition of details that could have help his argument, but Stewart once again failed to give the reader any evidence of false information being added in.

The very first problem with 12 Years a Slave that Henry Stewart brought up was what Stewart says is in “an unspoken motto that felt a lot like something said over and over again in the movie Clerk’s. Stewart is making the assumption that just because there is one similarity between Clerks and 12 Years a Slave, the latter movie of the two is no longer a good movie because it is not original. The quote that Henry Stewart is referring to is when the lead character in Clerks keeps saying “I wasn’t even supposed to be here today”. The problem with this assumption is that it makes it seem as if Stewart did not understand the entire point behind 12 Years a Slave, which was in fact that Soloman Northup did not belong on the fields. Since Stewart gives off the impression that he did not understand the concept of 12 Years a Slave Stewart lost all credit as a person who is capable of reviewing 12 Years a Slave. After all you cannot give an accurate review of a movie you do not understand.
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