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This Movie Got Will Smithed

Emancipation Got Will Smithed

The Ragin’ Redneck Richard

Rating: 5 stars


Emancipation is an incredible cinematic masterpiece that grabs you from the opening scene and never lets go. Directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring the incomparable Will Smith, this captivating film transports viewers to a crucial chapter in history while delivering an emotional rollercoaster which will leave a lasting impact.


The plot of Emancipation is based on true events, chronicling the harrowing journey of a runaway slave named Peter as he fights for his freedom during the American Civil War. The movie skillfully explores themes of resilience, bravery, courage, and the enduring human spirit. It sheds light on the immense pain and suffering endured by enslaved individuals while reminding us of the power of hope and the indomitable will to be free; as well as standing up for what is right.


Will Smith's portrayal of Peter is nothing short of breathtaking. His performance brings an authenticity and rawness that is both captivating and heart-wrenching. Through subtle yet deeply emotional moments, Smith manages to convey the pain, fear, and determination of his character, evoking empathy and leaving viewers in awe of his talent. Having watched many movies starring Will Smith, this is on par with “7 Pounds”, and I’m still debating with myself if this film is better or not.


The direction by Antoine Fuqua is masterful. The film balances intense action sequences with poignant character-driven moments, never losing sight of its underlying message. Fuqua's ability to maintain a perfect tonal balance is commendable, allowing the audience to experience a range of emotions without becoming overwhelmed. The audio description in the movie was extremely good and with enough “quiet-type” scenes, they were able to insert them when needed.


The score, composed by James Newton Howard, adds another layer of depth to the film. It seamlessly intertwines with the narrative, heightening the tension and capturing the emotional essence of each scene. The haunting melodies and powerful orchestration elevate the viewing experience, drawing audiences further into the story.


The harsh realities that Peter faces is something that you feel, you get upset, you get mad, you get horrified, you get sad, you are on the emotional rollercoaster… and you enjoy it, because it is as though you are escaping with Peter. The attention to detail in capturing the period's authenticity is undeniable, transporting viewers back in time, or so I did combining the landscape sounds, with audio description, and my imagination.


The production design perfectly recreates the era, immersing us in the deeply ingrained injustices of the period. From the oppressive plantation houses to the decrepit slave quarters, every element feels meticulously crafted, so it is brought to life in my imagination. The attention to authenticity allows the movie to serve as a powerful historical document, shedding light on a painful chapter of our collective past.


The emotional impact of the story is undeniable and this is just from me hearing the movie, rather than relying on the usual visual spectacle. When employed, the sound effects seamlessly blend into the narrative, never detracting from the realism or emotional resonance of the film.


Editing and pace are skillfully executed, ensuring that the story never loses momentum. The film strikes a perfect balance between its quieter, introspective moments and its heart-pounding action sequences. The dialog is sharp and meaningful, driving the story forward while delivering powerful messages about equality and the pursuit of freedom.


Emancipation is a thought-provoking film that leaves a profound impact on its viewers. It will stir your emotions, evoking empathy and forcing you to confront the injustices of the past. This magnificent portrayal of resilience, beautifully brought to life by Will Smith and expertly directed by Antoine Fuqua, will leave you inspired and deeply moved.


In conclusion, Emancipation is an absolute must-see film. It combines a gripping narrative, outstanding performances, and breathtaking story-telling to deliver an unforgettable experience. Prepare to be transported, challenged, and ultimately uplifted as you witness the incredible journey of Peter and his quest for freedom.



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