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.
A slave ship carrying cargo for Spain from Cuba is taken over by the slaves and docked in America. The year is 1839 and civil unrest is weighing heavy in the United States where the North believes strongly against slavery and the south believes in the practice. The ship is Spanish property and by treaty, so is the cargo; however, former President John Adams may become inspired by this story to free the slaves on the ship despite the treaty.
"I wanted to kill them too but they convinced some of us that they would take us back home."
Steven Spielberg, director of ET, Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Color Purple, and Minority Report, delivers Amistad. The storyline for this picture is interesting and a bit unpredictable. The acting is very good and the storyline is worth following. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Matthew McConaughey, Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anna Paquin, and Djimon Hounsou.
"A dung-scraper may be just the type of man we need now."
Amistad is a movie I came across on Netflix and decided to watch again for the second time ever. This is one of those films you kind of feel like you only need to see once. The movie is fairly good and worthwhile. It probably could have been a little better but tells an interesting tale. I recommend seeing this once but I wouldn't add it to my DVD collection.
"You belong with us."