December 31January 1, 2022
The Underground Railroad: The Complete Series
Academy Award–winning director Barry Jenkins’s mammoth adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel by Colson Whitehead is an extraordinary work of American visual art that demands to be seen in a theater. Chronicling Cora Randall’s desperate bid for freedom in the Antebellum South after she escapes a Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, this ten-part saga all but reinvents the mini-series format, both expanding and compressing time in innovative fashion and employing expressionistic camera and editing that allows the viewer to experience the horrors of American history in frankly subjective ways. As in Whitehead’s book, Cora discovers the Railroad is no mere metaphor, but an actual network of trains hidden beneath the soil, a daring conceit that Jenkins uses to launch a magnum opus of magical realism.