Movie Review: Harriet

December 3rd, 2019

Details from IMDB:

Harriet (2019)

PG-13 | | ActionBiographyDrama | 1 November 2019 (USA)
The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.


 Kasi Lemmons


 Gregory Allen Howard (screenplay by), Kasi Lemmons (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »

Initial Thoughts:

I'll say right away that I'm not very familiar with Harriet Tubman and the events she is connected to with slavery in the US. I read that a lot of this movie is false but my Mom wanted to go, so we went last week (and I do love movies of course!).

Main Points:

I'll start with the good. I thought this was well acted by all those involved. You do feel like you are back in the 19th century and see the terrible treatment African Americans had at the hands of the slave owners. You also get a glimpse of the madness (and of course eventual positive changes) brought about by the American civil war. I'll also say that this movie got me interested in the real Harriet and do some research, which is also a positive thing. Also, like any movie about history, while it shows some truly despicable people and others who are very good, it also highlights most people as somewhere in between.

The main problem with this movie is the story. There are moments that are just so incredibly far fetched (and obviously done for dramatic purpose) that they take you out of the story. Any time a movie jars you back to reality it is a major flaw for me.

Final Thoughts:

I would recommend this but only as a place for you to do some research/get interested in Harriet and the history of slavery in the US.  While it is only ages 13+ I would advise parents to be careful. There is plenty of violence, some mature themes and use of the N-word. I can only give this 6 out of 10. Looking forward to the new Star Wars movie and to one I rented on Cineplex until then have a good one!