Suffragette

I'm glad to see you go the hat memo.
Verdict: 
7/10 - A story that needs to be told and will move even the most stony-hearted.
Release Date: 
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Written by: 

Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter are superb in this story of the lengths women went to to secure the vote.

7

With an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne-Marie Duff, the hype around Suffragette has been intense.

This culminated in a fitting women's rights protest at the movie's London premiere earlier this month (Oct15), with Mulligan and Bonham Carter giving the ladies their full backing as it's certainly what their characters would have done.

Mulligan's Maud Watts takes centre stage in this story of the early feminist movement, where groups of women attempted to prove they should be allowed the same voting rights as their husbands, fathers, brothers and sons.

Maud works in a launderette and at first she's too scared to get involved with the protests, even when one quite literally takes place around her.

Nervous of the effect it'll have on her son and wary of the baying mobs, often featuring women she works with, she decides the fight is best left to others.

But fate has a funny way of having a hand in things, which is how Maud finds herself called to testify about the inconsistencies between her work life and that of the men at the launderette.

This is her watershed moment, after all why should she work more hours for less money?

Forming close bonds with Violet (Duff) and the fiery Edith (Bonham Carter), Maud eventually realises this is a battle she can't leave to anyone else.

Helena Bonham Carter gives a sterling performance as chemist Edith, whose husband is more supportive than a lot of the female characters on the periphery.

Her insistence that things must change, that women simply cannot be treated as second class citizens, is catching - and will hopefully encourage a new wave of women to think about how far the fight still has to go, even in 2015.

One criticism is that this film does feel more like a lengthy TV drama than a Hollywood movie at times.

And perhaps too much has been made of Streep's involvement too. While she is interesting as the famed - and somewhat aloof, if this is anything to go by - Emmeline Pankhurst, it's hard to judge someone whose involvement in a film is basically one scene.

With such a meaningful story to tell, it would be hard for Suffragette to be anything other than moving.

It most definitely is that - especially when the roll call of when women in various countries got the vote hits screens at the end.

If nothing else this film should be shown to boys and girls as they are growing up, to show that some things are worth standing up for.

© Cover Media

Tell us what you think...