Night & Day — Equally worthy of an Oscar nod is Lupita Nyong’o, who plays the slave girl named Patsey. What McQueen puts her through is harrowing. The problem is that no caring person with an ounce of humanity in their being can sit in a theater and not avert their eyes at some of the terrors she faces. Again the problem is that it’s just too much. It may be unflinchingly ugly, but we do flinch and look away and lose sight of why we are at the movie
We are in the theater to watch a man who has been taken from his beloved wife and children and career; ripped from the comfortable life he lived. Yet McQueen and Ridley keep drifting away from Northup’s sorrow. This approach is a mistake and it cheats their own film.Michael Calleri reviews films for Night and Day. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.