The film version of 12 Years a Slave’s use and manipulation of lighting, nature, and emotionally powerful acting created a very pleasing and intriguing visual representation of the novel. The lighting and nature portrayed in the movie create a fascinating sense of irony. The natural light, scenes of trees, water and grand plantation homes seemed to be almost too beautiful to be the setting where such horrible and grisly events of slavery and abuse took place. I felt the acting in the movie was phenomenal and was able to put the viewer on edge, it seemed more like a current reality than an acted out representation. The actors/actresses were extremely powerful with their manipulation of emotions and feelings such as fear, pain, sadness, and anxiety.