Steve Mcqueen is one of the finest directors of the 21st century.
I was first exposed to Mcqueen with his film Shame which blew me away with Micheal Fassbender’s performance. The story itself was brilliant with pain and a honest portrayal of sex addiction.
Hunger is Mcqueen’s first feature film and it is one of the best director debuts ever (even better than Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs). Which is about the 1981 IRA Hunger strike led by Bobby Sands. The brutality of this film is horrific. Prisoners in poor conditions, and beaten to a pulp. Fassbender’s character plays one of the prisoners who decides to go against the police guards by not eating.
A Lot of the beauty and story of this film is the visuals. Barely any words are spoken within the first hour, we go through the pain and suffering with these prisoners together. The film shifts between characters, some minor while Fassbender’s role takes time to fully become the main focus. It feels like this world is alive with people going through these moments and suffering through consequences.
Micheal Fassbender. Perhaps the best actor of the 21st century is Bobby Sands in this picture. While not going full into the plot, I understand him. Sometimes people misunderstand that an actor is not supposed to completely become the real life person they are portraying (Yet notable exceptions such as Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman do suffice). He becomes more than Sands, he becomes a speaking point of what the strike is.
It is best to watch this film with no distractions as you need to understand the visual grammar in each shot. Hope you all are well. There is light at the end of the tunnel!
Stay strong and peace be with you all!