Film: Suffragette

Opened: October 12, 2015

Directed by: Sarah Gavron

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Natalie Press, Anne-Marie Duff, Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Samuel West, Adrian Schiller, Morgan Watkins, Lorraine Stanley, Amanda Lawrence & Adam Nagaitis

Despite a strong cast and storyline, Suffragette seems to be missing that touch that would make it a perfect film.

Factory worker Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) starts getting involved with England’s suffragette movement as she accompanies Violet Miller (Anne-Marie Duff) who is testifying in front of a Parliamentary committee. While her husband Sonny (Ben Whishaw) opposes her views, Maud continues to fight.

The story is a painful reminder of what women had to go through – and in many areas are still going through – in order to receive the same rights as men. Maud has everything taken away from her simply for speaking up for herself.

However, most of the characters aren’t real. It’s a combination of stories centralized into characters, except for Meryl Streep as real-life activist Emmeline Pannkurst.

Final say: A story that must be told. ★★★☆☆

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