Film This Weekend: Suffragette
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This powerful new historical drama shows us the fight for equal rights that happened in the UK at the end of the 19h century. It is described as being a story by British women about British woman who changed the course of history.
Director Sarah Gavron and writer Abi Morgan bring us this movie. The star-studded cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan.
Mulligan plays Maud Watts, who is a working woman and a mother inspired to join the fight for what she believes is fair. While some of the characters in the movie are real people from history, Maud is a fictional character who has been created to drive the story along. Streep plays Emmeline Pankhurst in a brief but memorable appearance and Bonham Carter is Edith Ellyn.
Reviews so far for Suffragette have been overwhelmingly positive. The acting performances of the main actresses have been particularly lavishly praised, with Bonham Carter and Mulligan excelling in their roles. Indeed, there is already talk of Academy Award nominations for both of them. Among the rave reviews so far there has been some very positive feedback at the London Film Festival. Clare Stewart is director of the festival and she calls is an “urgent and compelling film”.
This is no air-brushed account of history. It shows us the terrible realities of being a revolutionary during a harsh, turbulent period in our history. During the movie the women are abused, sent to prison and force fed, with many of the scenes being surprisingly harrowing.
If you want to see an inspirational and movie film then Suffragette is a brilliant choice. One interesting point to note is that the people who have seen it all seem to have taken away different messages, presumably due to some deliberate vagueness and lack of simplistic plot resolutions.
It is easy to call this a feminist movie purely for female viewers but the truth is that there is something here for everyone to enjoy. The mixture of an intelligent plot, powerful scenes and some truly fantastic acting means that Suffragette is one movie that is destined to stick in your mind for a very long time after seeing it.
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