Seeing Harriet Tubman’s story on the big screen left me amazed at all that she endured and all that she risked to help free slaves. I remember hearing about Tubman’s story in school and I remember thinking what she did was pretty heroic but seeing it on the big screen made me appreciate it all the more. Not only did she escape slavery herself but she risked her life to save the family members she left behind and numerous other slaves.
I mean, I knew Harriet was pretty amazing but the film, and the actress Cynthia Erivo, did such a good job of bringing her character to life. Between being born into slavery, having to leave her family behind, and all the near death experiences the fact that she still wanted to help is inspiring. Because of her, so many loves were saved.
In this story, Harriet suffers a brain injury that causes her to have spells in which she hears from God. It is what is accredited to giving her so much success. I am not sure if that is factual or not but it did make for a more interesting story line. Although I would imagine that skeptics wouldn’t be a fan.
Is this movie appropriate for kids? No. I think it is a good story that should be told to the kids but I don’t think the young ones should watch it. If the older kiddos are interested in learning more about her life and can handle mature content, then I think they would find this movie to be interesting.
Harriet is in theaters on November 1, 2019.
More about the film, Harriet
Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.