Flash Movie Review: Suffragette

Even after so many years I still find myself being stunned by what was said during that conversation. There was a group of people at a party talking about their school years. One of them mentioned they still remembered the year when girls were finally allowed to wear pants to school. I just sat there in disbelief. Why in the world couldn’t girls wear such an everyday item of clothing? On top of it, this was a public school. I can understand if private schools require uniforms but I could not think of any reason why in a place of learning there should be such discrimination. Maybe it is due to my experiences growing up but I honestly never understood this division between women and men. I always felt whoever had the soundest mind and heart would always be the best candidate for any situation. Unfortunately I realize not everyone shares such thinking. Here is an example; when some people hear my primary doctor is a woman they ask my why I would go to a female doctor. I just say because she is good. Maybe it has something to do with the way I was raised; I am aware we live in a more puritanical country. Though I do not understand this divide, I have studied enough history to realize there have been many people who had to dominate others to feel good about themselves. This historical movie is just one example of what was taking place around the world.    HAVING spent her entire life working in a laundry Maud Watts, played by Carey Mulligan (Far From the Madding Crowd, An Education), never learned to stand up for herself. That started to change once she met Violet Miller, played by Anne-Marie Duff (Nowhere Boy, Before I Go to Sleep). This film festival winner’s strength was due to the cast. Besides Carey being amazing in this role, there was Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland) as Edith Ellyn and Brendan Gleeson (Calvary, The Guards) as Inspector Arthur Steed. Inspired by true events the story may not be an easy watch for some viewers. I am simply referring to the injustices that had to be endured during that time period. The sets and costumes added value to this dramatic film, but I was not a big fan of the direction. I felt there was not enough time devoted to character development, besides feeling some scenes were given too much dramatic flair. It seemed as if the goal was to make the viewers cry instead of telling a good story about the feminist movement in England. Nonetheless the acting was super, though Meryl Streep fans will be disappointed that her role was more of a cameo. For me this story seemed like it happened a long, long time ago. However, based on our entire history this really wasn’t that long ago and I am aware it is still happening today.

 

3 stars

 

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 5, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I’ve been looking forward to this movie since I’m fairly well versed in this area of British history. It’s a shame the movie is mediocre in parts but I will still watch it eagerly when it arrives on the small screen.

    Incidentally I led a campaign for my high school to start permitting girls to wear trousers. That was in a public / state school in a working class area in the 1980s. I focused on the fact the rules specified “black skirt or trousers” without specifying which gender was to wear which garment but I suspect it was one of my other arguments that won out. Plus they probably wished to put an end to my civil disobedience. Sexism and gender inequality are alive and well even in the developed world.

  2. I attended public school in Florida. The year after I graduated from high school, the dress code was rescended.

  3. Whoops. It sent before I was finished.

    To add to the inconvenience of having to wear a dress, when women went to the “counselors” office in high school to look into different careers, we were told that we would just end up being housewives, so if we really wanted to occupy our time until then we could take typing classes (to get a secretarial job). If a woman was very smart, nursing and teaching were suggested.

    But we did have the right to vote at the time.

    It’s important for women to see the efforts and sacrifice it took to demand the right to vote, but just as important to remember all of the thoughts about women’s abilities that was rolled up into the reason men believed women shouldn’t have that right. Sexual harassment was rampant (Happened to me several times) and for a woman trying to support 3 kids after hubby ditched her and refused to pay child support, refusing the advances of her boss meant losing her job. Then there was the systematic burial of any achievements women made in the past so that history would never be herstory. Throughout time, the methods to keep one group of people in an inferior role haven’t changed, but most people don’t see the many ways that 1/2 the population on Earth is kept in that role through cultures that still don’t see us as equally important.

    • I am so grateful and honored you shared your story here with us; what a story? Your strength is amazing and I think I can say what you went through made you the person you are today. From your past comments and posts it is easy to see you are a special person. I hope you get to see this film and as always, I would be curious to hear your thoughts. Once again thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comments.

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