Harriet Review

Isabelle McNally, Staff

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The movie Harriet follows a young Harriet Tubman and her journey into becoming the historical icon she’s known as. I thought the movie was well done and well written, I enjoyed everything about it and felt that it was accurate to the actual story of Harriet Tubman.  

Tubman was an African-American abolitionist and activist who aided more than 70 slaves in their journey to freedom and was a spy in the Civil War. The movie gets personal with Tubman’s story, showing her rise to the brave woman she was through her religion and support from other abolitionist peers. 

 Tubman is hit on the head as a child, causing her to have seizures and “visions”. She said she could speak to God and that God told her to free her people and gave her advice on where to go and what to do. She is called Moses, for the similarity between her and the biblical figure who saved the Hebrew slaves with the aid of God. The movie gave good insight as was accurate with clothes and the environment, the long monotone dresses women wore gave the proper aesthetic of eighteenth-century America. The topics mentioned in this movie are very sensitive, like abuse, slavery and discrimination against a race but they are needed to remind people of what America’s history is. 

 The cinematography is beautifully done and the score creates intimacy with the connection between Harriet and her friends and family. Harriet explains the history of other topics subtly as well, such as the rise of music genres that enslaved African Americans breathed into the world and the beginning of the Civil War. Tubman is passionate about everything she is fighting for and continues to fight until her death.  

I enjoyed every aspect of this movie and would watch it again and recommend it to anyone, especially people who are interested in the history of America and the rights of women and people of color.