Our review of the Apple TV+ movie Emancipation: The Torture of Will Smith

Attacking slavery is a double-edged sword: how to restore such an ordeal without falling into an escalation of brutality and voyeurism? AppleTV+

CRITICISM – The comedian banned from Hollywood since the slap he dealt at the Oscars wants to tell the brutality of the life of a slave in Louisiana. But the film smothers the emotion under a layer of demonstrative bravery.

Published in 1863 in Harper’s Weeklythe picture titled peter the whipped marks a turning point in the Civil War. It reveals to American and international public opinion the reality, the arbitrariness, the daily violence of slavery. In the photo, a naked black man, who fled his plantation in Louisiana to enlist in the Union army, shows his back streaked with deep scars. Entering the collective memory, this illustration gave birth to an Apple TV + film entitled Emancipation worn by Will Smith.

In another world, the feature film by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) would have given the star Men In Black one of those roles, where metamorphosis and interiorization dominate. A pledge of respectability, seriousness, accolades from his peers. The comedian was on his way, having won the Best Actor Oscar for The Williams Method, dedicated to the authoritative but visionary father and coach of tennis players Serena and Venus Williams. Alas, in March…

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