Suffragette film review

UK release date: 12/10/15

Runtime: 106 minutes

Directed by: Sarah Gavron

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, Meryl Streep

You know how every time a film comes out and advertising proclaims it to be, ‘the best film this year’? Well, with this film they may be right. Or, at least, it’s one of the most memorable.

It’s frightening to see the difference level of control between the genders. Being born in 1992, just under seventy years after we received the right to vote, I had no idea the suffering women went through, the courage it must’ve took.

The pacing through the film is excellent and all the actors’ portrayals were fantastic, particularly, Carey Mulligan who played Maude Watts. You grieve for her, (I cried buckets), and for all the women. She’s a character whose story truly affects you.

The men were portrayed well too, not demonized as they could’ve been, but shown, as I think, as a product of their era.

The dialogue is on point, certain words just nail this film, such as one husband using the phrase, “I’ve humoured you long enough.”

Since watching, I’ve read about the women’s suffrage, and let me tell you, they took a gentle approach with this film, (which is still emotionally heartbreaking), because some of the things that really happened were quite brutal.

This is a film that the younger generation should watch, like me; I think we’ve forgotten what people went through for us once upon a time.

To sum up, an excellently made film, great actors, memorable, poignant.

Was it worth the watch? Yes

Would I re-watch? Yes

Stars: 6/6


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