Flash Movie Review: The Birth of a Nation

DISCLAIMER: At the time of my viewing I was not aware of the controversy surrounding the writer, director and star of this film. Due to what I feel is the importance of this historical story I decided to post this review. It is not meant as an endorsement one way or the other of the person’s past events; I do not have enough knowledge on this controversy.

The 64 count box had the ideal amount for me. Anything more would only confuse me, taking more time to decide which color I would use next. For a kid a box of crayons is an unlimited source of fun and imagination. In my world every color had a purpose and belonged in the box. I started out using the yellow crayon every time I had a sun to draw. Later on I started adding crayons from the orange family, giving the sun a morning or evening look. At one time I started outlining everything with the black crayon then shading in the rest with a variety of colors. None of my crayons ever went unused; they each were treated equally and belonged in that 64 count crayon box. Something I noticed when I was at someone’s house who had crayons; not all of the crayons wore down at the same rate. They could have a short white crayon but a long black one that looked like it had not been used. Another house could have the tan or I think it was also called cocoa colored crayon sitting in the box never to be touched or be part of the picture the person was working on. I will never forget in a science class how the teacher showed us if we took a blue and yellow crayon then drew one color over the other we would have the color green. It was a revelation for me. Except for blue, red and yellow all the other crayons are a combination of 2 or more other colors. The crayons in my box all worked together in harmony unlike the real world.   BEING one of the few slaves who could read Nat Turner’s, played by Nate Parker (The Great Debaters, Red Tails); owner was able to rent him out to preach to the unruly slaves living on the other plantations. The things Nat saw opened his eyes in a new way. This film festival winning dramatic biography also starred Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger, The Social Network) as Samuel Turner and Penelope Ann Miller (The Artist, Awakenings) as Elizabeth Turner. As I said the story based on true events was important but I felt the script needed to be stronger to support the magnitude of the events taking place back during the 1830’s in Virginia. The acting was quite good especially during some of the disturbing scenes in this picture; however, there were gaps in the script where things slowed down for me. I was confused by the outcome that took place in a couple of scenes. For the most part the directing was spot on for this first time director. This was not easy to watch for a few reasons, one being the narrowness and ugliness of the times that only wanted to use 1 of 2 colors from a very small box of crayons.


3 stars



About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 11, 2016, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Your last line; “only wanted use 1 of 2 colors from a very small box of crayons.” Absolute brilliance! Oh so true for a great number of films and says so much to what they want you to see and hear. You wrote your own headline right there! I have no interest in this movie anyways because the distorted truths that lie herein and with any movie “based on a true story” I can’t ever get my head around. It’s one person’s interpretation of something that happened and so many people are to quick to rush in and believe it as the gospel to what really happened makes me sick that they have allowed their brains to become such mush. Why can’t movies be based off of ideas as opposed to bringing back stories that they will distort and alter to make themselves look like the saviour director who brought this horrible tragedy back to life but through their eyes and we’re supposed to be all understanding and accept that this is as close to the real deal as it gets? Yep can’t watch them for that reason, now that said I did watch Anthropoid and it was a based on actual events but the director made no intentions of retelling the story solely on the merits of the “event” that took place, he did incorporate more to it which added a more movie feel to it and for some reason it was kept low key and only in selected theatres whereas this movie is getting more widespread attention in movie houses. Interesting. Cheers

    • After seeing this film I saw somewhere the script was based on someone, maybe the main character’s diaries. I totally understand how a lot of studios feel they need to add certain elements eg love interest to make the film appeal to a wider audience. It is a shame that things do not always work out the way they envision. Thank you for the comments and I am glad you saw Anthropoid.

      • I really enjoyed Anthropoid, it was more of a sense of being there film for me as opposed to taking it as the gospel to the events that happened. You immersed yourself into the characters and were whisked back to the 40’s and not sitting in the theatre watching it. You became a part of it, brilliance

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