“Instead of that soul-crushing feeling I often experience after seeing a “Black struggle film,” Harriet sent me out of the theatre feeling empowered.” wrote African-American Film critic Beandrea July.
The film has divided critics; it’s too polished, too “Hollywood” but all these African-American reviewers were in no doubt.
“Cynthia Erivo is a star and crushes every single second she inhabits on the screen in Harriet. Harriet is a film about freedom and what happens when your sheer will and courage overcome fear. Step into history with Harriet and see this for her!”
“Kasi Lemmons’ biopic Harriet occupies a special place for presenting a version of Tubman that we haven’t seen, one that is stylish and fierce and a little like a superhero”
“Harriet’ is a portrait of a Black woman that so relatable and so real that only a Black woman could’ve told this story. Kasi Lemmons did that and more.”
“A vaster and in many ways wilder film than it will get credit for.“
And you could always check out the background to Harriet’s story in The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. Again there is creative license, enough to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2017…