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1st November
written by Adam

Telling the story of Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo), her escape from slavery to her transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, a leader along the underground railroad that saved and freed the lives of hundreds of slaves, changing the course of history. Directed by Kasi Lemmons and Written by Gregory Allen Howard and Kasi Lemmons this recounting of History adds interesting detail and context to Tuban’s life, material often overlooked in basic history books, fleshing out her incredible path and how she accomplished much of her amazing work, often guided by god/voices. But, with an almost Walken-esque Dead Zone ability to see the future, the blur between supernatural and natural becomes a bit trying, sort of a one trick pony. And, despite the cast’s strong list of assets, thinking powerhouses Erivo, Janelle MonĂ¡e, and Leslie Odom Jr. on vocals, it’s only Erivo who gets the nod to sing throughout the film, a seemingly un-capitalized potential rings throughout. Furthermore, the film’s score also manages to run flat by the end of this two hour and five minute tour, bummer. Perhaps worthy of a watch at home, and could have made an interesting mini series, this story and production still needs a bit of re-working overall. Harriet is rated PG-13.

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