The Birth of a Nation wants to tell an amazing slavery story but misses the mark too often to be any good
African American history has always fascinated me. Ever since I took a class about it in Junior College I love learning about it. The more I learn the more I find out just how atrocious, bloody and awful that slavery was. We have seen this in films like 12 Years a Slave, Django Unchained and Glory. A new film about Nat Turner is out now and tries to tell the tale of this amazing man. I was able to see this film early and here is what I thought of it.
You can read the plot for The Birth of a Nation here:
Nat Turner (Nate Parker) is an enslaved Baptist preacher who lives on a Virginia plantation owned by Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer). With rumors of insurrection in the air, a cleric convinces Samuel that Nate should sermonize to other slaves, thereby quelling any notions of an uprising. As Nate witnesses the horrific treatment of his fellow man, he realizes that he can no longer just stand by and preach. On Aug. 21, 1831, Turner’s quest for justice and freedom leads to a violent and historic rebellion in Southampton County.
I was severely disappointed in The Birth of a Nation. The way the story is told is boring, dull and uninspiring. There is a ton of religious tone here and it quickly becomes overkill. What really irked me though was the rebellion scene. It is the highlight of the story but it has such a short part in this movie.
What also hurts this film is that that Nate Parker stretched himself too thin. Maybe if he had kept himself to only a few tasks this would have been an amazing movie. Instead it is a choppy mess that is not worth paying to see. If you want to learn more about The Birth of a Nation click on this website.
The Birth of a Nation gets 2/10. I really wanted to like this film, but I left felling confused and not sure what I had just seen. I took a long while just for me to collect my thoughts and form an opinion on this movie. When I really looked at it there was too much wrong here to like it. Some people will enjoy this movie, but those viewers will be few and far between.
See the story of Nat Turner unfold below: