- Fox Searchlight
By Mayank Mathur, Daily Arts Writer
Published October 3, 2013
Watching a trailer is like indulging in a free sample at an ice cream parlor. The spoonful of flavor you choose must intrigue and entice you enough for you to bang your hand on the counter and say, “Yes, I’ll have this one!”
"12 Years A Slave"
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The trailer of Steve McQueen’s (“Shame”) “12 Years a Slave” is a perfect example. It takes us on Solomon Northup’s journey from a respected violinist to a slave through the emotions of contentment, hopelessness, despair, defiance and hope.
Relying on Northup’s true story as told in his autobiography, this film looks to be one for the ages. The trailer is filled with poignant and inspiring moments, and somehow we know that this is only the tip of the iceberg. The music does wonders to add the necessary punch to the dialogues, most notably when Northup screams in utter defiance, “I will survive! I will not fall into despair!”
The trailer’s two and a half minutes enticed me to watch it repeatedly for the next 10, and I can say with hand-banging-assurance, “Yes, I will see this one!” Oh, by the way, the cast features Chiwetel Ejoifor (“2012”), Michael Fassbender (“Promtheus”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Fifth Estate”) and Brad Pitt (“World War Z”). If that isn’t stellar, I don’t know what is.