They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Amistad is also a technical marvel. This movie is for so many reasons worth to be seen not once, but at least a couple of times , that it doesn't deserve anything less than an 8. I do not attend more than a handful of movies a year at a theatre. Freed slave Theodore Joadson wants Cinque and the others exonerated and recruits property lawyer Roger Baldwin to help his case.
It is this emotional force that carries the film. During the long trip, Cinque Djimon Hounsou leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. As I recall, Amistad did not wow the theatrical audiences big-time. It was accurate, literate, and not politically correct or incorrect. Of course Steven Spielberg knows exactly how to make a movie feel as real as possible. Hounsou's portrayal of a man in an alien world who's only desire is to go back where he came from will sear your very soul. The acting is magnificent, mainly two amazing performances.
However, the ship was still directed towards the United States, where the Africans were brought to trial under murder. The film itself is a visual wonder. But the plight of the slaves themselves, not a word. The two remaining steered the ship Amistad to Long Island where the whole story is discovered. The ship is intercepted by the American navy and a messy trial ensues to see who has rights regarding the cargo, Spain, America. His emotional intensity is brilliant. Cue abolitionists hiring young property lawyer Baldwin.
They continue to sail, hoping to find help when they land. Amistad is grand entertainment and a needed history lesson about man's need for and willingness to fight to be his own master. Perhaps the costuming was a bit overdone. His chances for re-election in 1840 were not looking good to start with and he was exceptionally vulnerable to southern pressure. From people like Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins you can't expect anything else but a fine performance, but it was the rest of the cast that offered me a nice surprise. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. On their way there, the slaves, led by Cinque Djimon Hounsou , rebelled, killing off part of the crew.
. I was reminded that interior spaces in the 1830's were not garishly lit Hollywood sets with dramatic shadows. I don't think the horror of the slave trade was more obvious as it was in those scenes. But why aren't there so many movies about the slave trade and the plantations? Freed slave Theodore Joadson Morgan Freeman wants Cinque and the others exonerated and recruits property lawyer Roger Baldwin Matthew McConaughey to help his case. Before his story is told the attorneys have to learn the language and Spielberg graphically portrays their struggle for communication. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. Amistad gives us the portrait of two United States presidents.
The Americans should see it because the slaves ones were the reason why the plantations in the South prospered and the civil war was fought and the Europeans shouldn't miss it, for we should never forget that the slave trade will always be a dark page in our long history. But a couple of honorable men, who want to end the slavery in the New World, will defend them with everything that is within their power. We learned about the Civil War and what led up to it. In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. Spielberg manages to make even the slowest scenes sparkle with focus on Hounsou, and the film's extraordinary power is simply captivating. Through various legal proceedings, the case appears before the Supreme Court, where it is argued by ex-President John Quincy Adams Anthony Hopkins. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate.
Eventually, John Quincy Adams Anthony Hopkins also becomes an ally. The case finally gets to the Supreme Court, where John Quincy Adams makes an impassioned and eloquent plea for their release. I am also a big fan of Anthony Hopkins and remember him as a compelling actor long before his Oscar role. Eventually, John Quincy Adams Anthony Hopkins also becomes an ally. You'll get to see the fort in Sierra Leone where the slaves were brought together to be shipped to the New World, you'll see a nice representation of the American cities of those days, you'll see the ships of that time. One by Anthony Hopkins as former president John Quincy Adams an unusual turn for him, where he really soars , and the other by Djimon Hounsou later cast as Juba in Gladiator as Cinque being the true gem. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate.
Soon they have to stand trial for this revolt and the fact that they have murdered the crew. I don't recall that any were given or even suggested. At the same time it's very easy and very hard to say what I liked about this movie. The film is flawed, for most of the supporting characters are merely cardboard. What has to be remembered here is that the while slavery was legal, the importation of slaves had been banned for quite some time by 1839.
It was hoped that when the Constitution got going in 1789 that slavery might die on its own accord. The cinematography, set decoration, lighting, and editing were extraordinary. He succeeded Andrew Jackson on March 4, 1837 and promptly was greeted with a bank panic that led to a depression. Think of the American Civil War, the Hollocaust, the Second World War, the Vietnam war,. He undertook a series of diplomatic assignments culminating with being Secretary of State under James Monroe from 1817 to 1825. A very different sort was John Quincy Adams our sixth president from 1825 to 1829. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising.
The fact that it hasn't been told at least a dozen times makes it original, but doesn't make it easy to compare it to other similar movies of course. Labelling it as such would be missing the point by a mile. Let me start with the story on itself. Then they are discovered by some American marine officers, who bring the ship into harbor and hand over the slaves to the local authorities. Instead of having stuff jump at you, you have to search for it or feel it without truly realizing it: touches of genius are very present, but differ from the original style like the brutal insurrection scenes, cargo dumping scene, etc. Are the studios afraid of that subject or are they so racist, that they have never been able to come to terms with the abolishment of slavery? Instead, when they reach the United States, they are imprisoned as runaway slaves. As an ex-President he was serving in the House of Representatives in 1839 one of only two whoever went back to Congress after their presidential term was up.