Saw this on 10/9/15
The best of Amistad comes at it's middle when Spielberg so effectively portrays the hardships of the slaves with unbelievable performances, but comparing to other court room dramas, Amistad is a let down and it's final act is so-so full of preachiness. Djimon Hounsou gives a splendid performance and the rest of the cast is also fine. Mathew McConaughey's another court room drama, that too in 1997, also about Racism, A Time to Kill is a better film and gives the actor much space to provide a better performance. I must say that I could not find an extra ordinary film about Racism in the same level in which Schindler's List and Pianist depicted Jew Holocaust.
I thought that this movie was pretty good. I was unaware of some of the steps that went into slave ships. This film no doubt about it presents a very graphic image than I had imagined before. Especially seeing slaves purposely drowned because of low food supplies and the crew selectively choosing who gets feed and who does not and slaves eating the food off others faces because they were hungry.
I think that this film was a little too long and could have been cut more to give it more speed because at points it felt a little slow.
The musical score by John Williams reminded me of The Patriot & Lincoln combined to make this film.
The acting and story was very good.