“Harriet” Movie Review

The Told and Untold Truths of Harriet Tubman


Amiyah Garner

“Harriet” has a 4.6 rating on Google.

As I watched the movie “Harriet,” which was released on November 1, it taught me the ins and outs of what Harriet Tubman went through.

According to the website IMDB, “The movie Harriet is the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whos courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.”

Jariah Wallace, 11, said, “ I feel like the movie is good, and it shows both sides of what was going on. I like how it showed [that] even Caucasian people helped [free people from slavery], and not all Caucasian people [were] supporting racism. It even showed how some African Americans helped with racism. It also taught us a lot of stuff we didn’t even know about Harriet Tubman.”

What I knew about Harriet Tubman was that she helped slaves escape. After watching the movie, I looked at Harriet Tubman in a different way because when you see the full story, there is more to her than to just freeing the slaves. This movie was touching and a learning experience for people who knew stuff about this movement but also found out new information.

In this movie, we see Harriet Tubman as a woman who was spiritually in tune to God’s voice through visions of what was going to happen or what has happened. According to the verse in the Bible stated in Philippians 4:13, “You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” This Bible verse goes hand and hand with the movie because we see Harriet who uses God through her hardships, trails, hurt, and lifted her strength within herself to free the slaves. Her relationship with God is her foundation to go back for the other slaves.

Nijah Johnson, 11, said, “ It was very inspiring movie. It was a lot based on faith and trusting in God and to not let anyone stop you from what you believe.”

My favorite quote throughout this movie is when Harriet said, “I would give every last drop of blood in my veins to free them.” That quote is very touching because we see that she would not give up\; she was very determined to free the other slaves. Harriet Tubman survived the beatings, disrespect, and times people told her she wouldn’t make it back. She showed us that no matter what, giving up is not a choice because when you truly want something to happen, it’s going to happen.

I recommend this movie to students in middle school because it is important for kids in that age range to learn about their history. Most people believe all Caucasians are racist and all African Americans support each other, which is not true at all. We should see and know that African Americans owned each other and that Caucasians helped free African Americans.