Harriet Tubman movie takes audiences through harrowing Underground Railroad ride


Courtesy of Focus Features

Harriet, the new movie depicting the life of Harriet Tubman, is playing in theaters now.

Yesenia Pineda, Features Editor

Everyone knows the name Harriet Tubman, but the new film, Harriet, dives deeper into the story of the most famous escaped-slave-turned-Underground Railroad conductor and abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

If you’re in love with movies as much as I am, then this movie is everything you could ever ask for. From the acting to the soundtrack to the unknown details of Harriet Tubman’s journey to freedom, this movie is a jaw-dropping experience you don’t want to miss. Cynthia Erivo stars as Harriet Tubman alongside notable castmates such as Leslie Odom Jr. who plays William Still,  Joe Alwyn as Gideon Brodess, and Clarke Peters as Ben Ross.

The movie debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. It was directed by Kasi Lemmons and produced by Debra Martain Chase, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, and the story and screenplay creator Gregory Allen Howard.

The visuals guide the movie through its run time of about two hours and will leave you on the edge of your seat for every moment. The movie starts with an introduction to the main cast as they sing in a wide-angle shot.

The film stays true to Tubman’s history, depicting Harriet’s husband hiring a lawyer to investigate a will left behind by the great-grandfather of her owner which stated that when Harriet’s mother turned forty-five, she and her children would be free. Erivo portrayed raw and captivating emotion that showcased her character’s hope and heartbreak. As one of the most important scenes of the film, it left me on the edge of my seat in suspense as Harriet’s master refused to free her.

On top of acting, the soundtrack highlights the importance of music in certain scenes. Many scenes throughout the movie feature Erivo singing or instrumental playing to show how important it was to influence fellow slaves into joining her in freedom. It’s one of the most important aspects that drive the movie theme and message behind Tubman’s journey and struggles. I highly recommended this film, especially to those interested in the history of America and how we came to be the melting pot we are today.

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