Cynthia Erivo plays Harriet Tubman as a force of nature. This fearless woman initiated the underground railroad to help slaves flee the south for freedom. As a film Harriet struggles to rise above the standard bio-pic history lesson. Cynthia’s considerable acting chops are severely tested by this melodrama. The annoying score telegraphs any emotional stanzas. John Toll’s cinematography is a bit too showy. The film feels false. There is a rushed “let’s hit the key points of Harriet’s life” that gives the audience a shallow experience. I admit the rousing inspirational speeches that pepper the end of the film are uplifting. The Harriet Tubman story needs to be told but unfortunately this film doesn’t do it justice.