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PremierLeague-News.Com - Thuso Mbedu and Joel Edgerton present career-defining performances in this ambitious adaption of Colson Whitehead's novel
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! One of the most brutal scenes in Barry Jenkins’ (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk) adaption of The Underground Railroad comes in the very first episode. A recaptured runaway slave is strung up by his arms, his bleeding body whipped and eventually set alight. As he burns, the owners of the plantation dance. That this uniquely disgusting, unflinching scene doesn’t overshadow the rest of the 10-episode series is a testament to the sensitivity and good intentions behind this masterful show.Adapted from Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer-winning and Man Booker-nominated 2016 novel of the same name, The Underground Railroad takes place in post-Civil War America, when slavery had been abolished in the more liberal north but was still accepted in the south. Cora (Thuso Mbedu) is a young woman working on a cotton plantation in Georgia, who, after witnessing the atrocities imposed on her fellow black people, decides to run away. Read More ‘We can’t pretend it didn’t happen’: The Underground Railroad cast and Barry Jenkins on slavery and traumaYour guide to what to watch next - no spoilers, we promiseEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. In reality, the underground railroad was a network of routes and safehouses along which slaves would be able to escape their incarceration and hopefully live free lives in the northern states. Whitehead – and, so, this series – takes a more literal approach, with runaways fleeing aboard a hypogeal train. We spend little time travelling, however: each episode takes place in the various states Cora experiences on her journey, from North Carolina to Indiana.The horror doesn’t end once she leaves the plantation – she finds herself the subject of a disturbing experiment to eliminate the free black occupation, she is hidden in an attic for months and eventually, her past catches up with her and drags her back to hell.Thuso Mbedu puts in a stellar performance as Cora (Photo: Kyle Kaplan/Amazon Studios)Cora’s travels give the series a momentum, with each passing moment feeding a seed of hope that she will eventually find herself free from the spectre of Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton), a slave catcher hired to return her to Georgia. Mbedu and Edgerton inhabit their roles with sublime dexterity; she is understandably wary yet tenacious, he is gruff and frightening – both characters carry their uncomfortable relationship with their parents with them like a lead weight. Jenkins’ style of close-up, lingering shots are unforgiving on his cast – which also includes William Jackson Harper, Sheila Atim, Chase W Dillon and Aaron Pierre – but each of them excel.
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. The series largely adheres to its time too, though every episode is played out by a more modern soundtrack, from Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar to Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye. The score from composer Nicholas Britell, who has previously worked with Jenkins on both Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk, manages to be both sinister and soaring.Among the terror of slavery and racism of the era are beacons of hope – Cora falls in love, and many characters grant her small kindnesses as she passes through, from the secretive abolitionist who (perhaps misguidedly) offers her a place to stay to the station operators who offer her a seat at their table. There is no denying that this is a tough watch – the brutality of America’s antebellum era plays out without censorship – but Jenkins has tried to tell the true, unabridged story of his ancestors honestly without exploiting their pain.Most impressive is the sheer scope of The Underground Railroad, with scenes of quiet intimacy between lovers sitting next to explosive gun battles and high-octane chases. Jenkins sprinkles in elements of magical realism, giving us glimpses into Cora’s dreams (both sleeping and aspirational) without diverging too far away from the main storyline. Her internal dialogue, which drives the book, is evident without her having to utter a word, thanks to a combination of Jenkin’s expert direction and Mbedu’s masterful performance.America’s history of violence against black people is a fearless topic to broach, especially at a time when racism is such a globally prominent conversation. The Underground Railroad treads the line of fictional entertainment and historical reenactment expertly, without ever feeling forceful. It is, in short, yet another masterpiece from Barry Jenkins.
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