On-Air Film Review: Will-ing Redemption in ‘Emancipation'

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionE-mail page to friendE-mail page to friendPDF versionPDF version
No votes yet

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Jason Makos on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on December 1st, 2022, reviewing “Emancipation,” featuring Will Smith and set in the Civil War period within the eradication of slavery. In theaters on December 2nd, streaming December 9th on Apple TV+.

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.5/5.0
Rating: 4.5/5.0

This based-on-history story has Smith portraying Peter, a slave during the Civil War era who is separated from his family and forced to work for the Confederacy building a railroad. The overseer during this project is Fassel (Ben Foster), a notorious slave hunter and wrangler. Peter overhears that Lincoln has freed slaves, so when the war disrupts the worksite, he escapes. He is intent on getting to Baton Rouge, after also hearing that the Union occupies it. Fassel is in pursuit, but Peter has his own power, and it leads his into another realm … eventually as a solider for the Union.

”Emancipation” is in theaters beginning December 2nd, and streaming on Apple TV+ on December 9th. Featuring Will Smith, Ben Foster, Charmaine Bingwa, Gilbert Owuor and Aaron Moten. Written by Bill Collage. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. Rated “R”

StarCLICK HERE for Patrick McDonald’s on-air review of “Emancipation”

Photo credit: Apple TV+

StarCLICK HERE for Patrick McDonald’s on-air review of “Emancipation”

User Login

Free Giveaway Mailing


  • Trade Federation, Otherworld Theatre

    CHICAGO – Theatrical satires of the Star Wars Universe are like the number of TV series the universe has wrought … too many to figure out if anything is worthwhile. But “Trade Federation” (subtitled “Or Let’s Explore Globalization Through the Star Wars Prequels”), presented by Otherworld Theatre in Wrigleyville Chicago, gets it right on.

  • Omi Hopper, NEXT LEVEL CHEF

    CHICAGO – Omi Hopper is competing … and still survives … on the second season of “Next Level Chef,” the TV cooking show on FOX hosted by Gordon Ramsay. The social media viral star, who created a following with her approach to traditional Puerto Rican dishes, is still in play as the show winds down to the finale on May 11th.


HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter

HollywoodChicago.com Top Ten Discussions