Will Smith is about to remember this 2022 well, and not for something good. Walking up to the Oscars stage and turning her back on host Chris Rock has taken a toll on her career, no matter how many awards she’s racked up to date.
So ‘Emancipation’, one of Apple’s new movies starring Will Smith, gives you a weird feeling before you even watch it. With all the studios rejecting the actor as punishment for his actions, Apple decided to proceed with the filming of the film. And the result isn’t all bad, but not all good either.
opposition to slavery
I’m going to respect the English title of the film and I won’t mention the Spanish translation, because in my opinion it’s a sin to have one spoiler considerable. View that translation at your own risk. The same can be said of ’emancipation’, although at least it is more general.
The film is about a black slave named Peter who struggles to survive with his family under the yoke of the American Confederates in the midst of the United States Civil War. The sudden events of that war will force Peter to defy his masters and fight for his survival and freedom.
Will Smith does a good job, but the rest of the film that surrounds him detracts from it
Will Smith’s characterization and performance both deserve a remarkable high.: We have rarely seen him in his natural form until now, and the role he plays as a tough and determined man fits with the staging appropriate for the times in which the story is told. This is not a Christmas movie, in this movie you feel bad.
Where ‘Mukti’ limps, it fails to immerse you in its history. The plot commits the sin of being predictable, and although the staging is very elaborate, you never feel part of it. That makes the film’s long ending overwhelming: Two of the relatives I watched it with told me there was too much footage in it.
As positive parts we can name the good work of Will Smith and the faithfulness to the story of the slave ‘Whipped Peter’, a true story that ends in an iconic picture. Any history buff will find this a great article that describes a very important chapter of the United StatesBut I am afraid that ‘liberation’ is going to be something that will not be remembered.