Harriet

2019

Action / Biography / Drama / History

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 74% · 234 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 97% · 10K ratings
IMDb Rating 6.7/10 10 30804 30.8K

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Top cast

Janelle Monáe as Marie Buchanon
Deborah Ayorinde as Rachel Ross
Joe Alwyn as Gideon Brodess
Leslie Odom Jr. as William Still
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Sasha_Lauren 8 / 10

Harriet Tubman's Heroes Journey -- this film moved me!

HARRIET (2019)

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman escaped from Maryland to Philadelphia in 1849 on foot by following the North Star and utilizing the help of the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses set up by white abolitionists and free people of color to help slaves to freedom. She then repeatedly risked her life by going back into the lion's den over a period of eleven years to lead other slaves to their freedom. She never lost a passenger. This is so damn brave it makes my head spin.

This film served up a substantantial serving of history, embellished by a modicum of fiction. Though it's not a movie masterpiece, it's a strong depiction of Harriet's Heroes Journey that lifted me up for days. Cynthia Erivo's portrayal of a determined Harriet, known before her liberation as Araminta "Minty" Ross, (and later nicknamed Moses because she helped her people escape to freedom), was stirring; her singing was the gold on the edges. Harriet used spirituals as coded messages to warn fellows of danger or to signal a clear path.

The antagonist in the story is the racist, corrupt system of slavery embodied in part by her heartless owners. Plagued by hypersomnia sleeping spells caused by a head injury when she was thirteen, Minty's owner Edward Bodess tried to sell her. This would separate her from her family. There were no buyers for her. Angry, Minty prayed, "Oh Lord, if you ain't never going to change that man's heart, kill him, Lord, and take him out of the way." Edward died. Harriet expressed regret for that prayer.

Joe Alwyn played Gideon Brodess, Edward's grown son, with a conniving, lecherous sneer. Guideon leered after Minty and tormented her. Harriet's husband was a free black man in theory, but not reality; any future children of the couple would be slaves, regardless of papers granting manumet to Harriet's kin, which the Brodesses ignored. She and her husband planned to escape together, but Tubman fled alone and travelled a hundred miles through wilderness to Pennsylvania, being followed by her scummy owner Gildeon. Well, screw him, she made it, and became a heroine.

Reviewed by thesuthernman 8 / 10

Perhaps not perfect, but good.

No documentary is perfect, and besides, this is not a documentary--it is a movie. I'm sure some facts were not accurate, but I'm also sure they did Harriet justice. The movie was moving and thought provoking. My only real criticism was the score. They must have saved money there. The acting was good as were the other cinematic elements. Skip the fake superhero movies and watch a real superhero...and if you don't think Harriet Tubman was a superhero, I can't help you with any review.

Reviewed by brittniepimental 8 / 10

I'm curious why people say this is entirely fictional?

I won't say this is completely steeped in reality. But it's not entirely fictional like some seem to claim. I think the acting was very good. A solid B film in my opinion, and the film was definitely memorable too. You also need to recognize that outside of a paragraph in most K-12 history books, the average person knows next to nothing about Harriet Tubman. Adding some pizzazz to her life to make a film more intriguing and exciting is hardly new or surprising. This is not a documentary. I'd like some people to give specifics about what is so incredibly fictional. I only saw one review of the many I quickly read that gave an example. Plus, historians consulted on the film that then were interviewed and discussed reality versus fiction in many articles. One example is given below. I'd say, make your OWN opinion on this one.

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