Monday, September 2, 2013

A Charming Man and his Monster Character in TYAS

On this Labor Day before I head off for Day 2 of Zen Sales Girl duties at my Buddhist temple's yard sale, I found these lovely images of Michael from tumblr at Telluride this weekend. And to counteract the images, here is an excerpt from a TYAS film review at The Daily Beast.

 Before long, however, Solomon runs afoul of his redneck sub-master (Paul Dano) and, after whipping him in a fit of rage, knows his days at Ford’s plantation are numbered. He’s sold to Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), an evil alcoholic slave master who’s convinced he’s doing god’s will by beating and maiming his “property.”

As Edwin, Fassbender is utterly terrifying in his unpredictability. You never know if he’ll stab you in the chest, or unleash his teethy smile. Unlike Leonardo DiCaprio’s P.T. Barnum-esque mandingo monster in Django Unchained, Edwin is not a caricature, which makes him all the more menacing. His sadistic obsession with his prized cotton-picker, a teen slave who goes by “Patsey,” played by newcomer Lupita Nyong’o (a revelation), is especially disturbing. The more he yearns for her, the worse he treats her, refusing to even let her wash herself. We haven’t seen a character this revoltingly racist since Ralph Fiennes’ Amon Goeth in Schindler’s List. And, Edwin’s wife Mary (Sarah Paulson), isn’t much better. She’s manipulative monster in the Lady Macbeth mold who forces Edwin to take out her own jealousies and insecurities onto the slaves—especially poor Patsey.


Dionne said...

I really wish people would stop comparing TYAS to Django Unchained. I loved Django but these films have totally different styles, one's a work of fiction and one's non-fiction. Etc. etc. It's beyond annoying... Anywho the wait is killing me!

Martha said...

Being confined to the couch has one advantage, catching up on Fassbender news and the Pinterest account. :)

So much praise for TYAS. If the audience cried I for sure will be a mess. As in Schindler's list Ralph Finnes as great and Michael is being compared. For sure Michael will be quite evil.