Film: Harriet

Opened: November 1, 2019

Directed by: Kasi Lemmons

Starring: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Clarke Peters, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Jennifer Nettles, Janelle Monáe, Omar Dorsey, Tim Guinee, Zackary Momoh, Deborah Olayinka Ayorinde, Henry Hunter Hall, Rakeem Laws, Nick Basta, Tory Kittles & William L. Thomas

Harriet Tubman has long deserved a biopic and finds a great portrayal through lead actress Cynthia Ervio, but something about the film feels lacking and you’ll notice it throughout.

Minty Ross (Erivo) is a slave on the Brodess farm in Maryland. After having visions of freedom, she decides to run and makes it Philadelphia through the Underground Railroad. Upon meeting abolitionist William Still (Leslie Odom Jr.), she takes on the new name Harriet Tubman. She risks her life by going back to continue helping free slaves.

Erivo gives an inspiring performance that’s full of emotion. You can sense Tubman’s determination despite her struggle and nerves.

However, the story almost feels too scripted and moves through her escape and her assistance in freeing others too fast. The many trials they faced don’t hit the nerve they should.

Final say: Something’s missing. ★★★☆☆

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