Harriet 2019

Harriet 2019

Trailer: https://youtu.be/AN9edSrwkRk

Movie 🍿 🎥 Review

(WordPress blog-anarmrestrenegade)

By E. Perryman 11.4.19

Just go see it, would ya? White people, please try not to flog yourself for the egregious acts of slavery, ok? This is an important historical piece about a great American hero: Harriet Tubman. And many people helped her along the way, not just people of color. And many people tried to harm her, not just white people. And as with anything, I’m sure there are things that aren’t completely accurate. Moving making about events from the mid 1800s are bound to have some revisions. As the movie shows, I believe that there are truly good samaritans all around us. Sometimes all it takes to turn someone to evil acts is money and survival. In Harriet’s own words:

“Quakers almost as good as colored. They call themselves friends and you can trust them every time.”

Even Harriet knew that nothing is truly black and white and evil has much more nuance than we like to admit. I have dope respect for people who can still be nice to people whose horns are in clear sight. See her quote:

“I think there’s many a slaveholder’ll get to Heaven. They don’t know better. They acts up to the light they have.”

See this movie if only to watch someone’s extraordinary tenacity and spark of madness. She was meant for great things. And these great things came at a huge cost. It’s captivating to witness someone who must risk it all; there’s no alternative.

“I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was on of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive.”

The music is incredible in this movie. It’s already downloaded. The filming is beautiful. I loved the water images. And the actress who plays Harriet is terrific. She’s so expressive and committed. But voice is as good as her inner thespian. DAYUM. Just incredible.

I loved the actress who played Marie Buchanan. This character was invented for the movie but it is likely that someone like her existed. She had me when she apologized to Harriet for always being free. Just wow.

There a fun movie lover quote, hidden in the middle of the movie, that’ll make you smile. Hint: Jaws and a boat.

I didn’t know about the historical importance of St Catharine in Canada. Interesting.

Best advice of the movie? Walk like you have a right to, nobody pay you no mind. Also…….it’s ok not to be liked and seem a little off to others. Not everyone has the same life landscape.


1.Bible stories are alive and well. Harriet Tubman’s codename was “Moses” for leading so many people to safety.

2.Disabilities don’t have to stop you. Because of a terrible head trauma, Harriet suffered from narcolepsy but it brought her great visions. She was clearly touched from beyond.

3.Even if your head gets cracked open while enslaved, you can still accomplish great intellectual feats. Harriet Tubman cured dysentery. Even though she was illiterate, her knowledge of plants helped her find the cure.

4.People who say women can’t be in combat don’t know much about history. Harriet Tubman was the first woman to lead a combat assault.

5.Gender inequality is no joke. Tubman was given $200 for three years as a cook, nurse, scout, and spy for the Union Army during the Civil War.

6.Harriet was the true definition of badass. Harriet assisted abolitionists like John Brown who called her “General Tubman.” She never lost a slave. When going thru brain surgery, she insisted on chewing on a bullet like soldiers who have their legs amputated. L word approved.

7.Being unruly and difficult isn’t always such a bad thing. Harriet Tubman helped to nurse injured soldiers and served as a spy for the north.

8.Height is just a number. Harriet Tubman stood just 5 feet tall.

9.The Underground Railroad was not an actual railroad. It was a path that slaves traveled at night with the help of conductors/people who guided them from safe house to safe house

10.Religious faith can be a tremendous force of good even when religion has been used against you. Religion faith/visions from God were the reason Harriet risked her life guiding slaves to freedom.

ARMRESTRATING: This is a solid movie. Nothing out of the ordinary in the movie telling genre. I’m sure people can pick apart a biographical story of this stature but the core is pure. The acting was great; very believable and committed. I raise two vision filled armrests for an important movie for all of us.


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