This is a movie that I will likely never watch ever again, but it is a masterpiece. Remember all those slavery movies they showed us in school? This movie puts those to shame with its brutal albeit real look into what slavery was like, and it makes you feel like a scumbag during every scene. The performances all around are phenomenal; Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita N'yongo, Sarah Paulson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, the list goes on. Also, the direction and the camerawork is flawless. I do have one very small issue with the film, and that is the fact that it doesn't feel like a span of 12 years; it felt more like a couple of years. But, that is a such a small thing in this incredible but depressing look into slavery. It's not an easy watch at all, but if you haven't seen this movie, do so.
This is a phenomenal movie that is slowly and terrifyingly becoming reality with its totalitarianism. This fictional government is becoming true in so many countries. That being said, this movie is powerfully acted (particularly Portman and Weaving), beautifully shot, flawlessly edited and well-directed with some great action sequences.
It took me a couple of watches to really get into this movie, but I can now say with utter confidence that I really love this movie. At this point, saying Pixar's animation is incredible is no new information. But, the animation for this movie, in particular, is absolutely phenomenal. Pixar did wonders making the afterlife extremely vibrant and colorful. Also, the characters in this movie are some of the best in the history of Pixar, especially Miguel and Hector. And, despite the fact that I'm not the type of person to cry during a movie, this movie made me choke up a few times. If you haven't seen this movie, you absolutely should. It's one of Pixar's best, without a doubt.