So far I’ve reviewed a thriller and a comedy, and now it’s time for one of my favorite movie genres and that’s drama. But, not just any drama. This is a historical period drama. I tend to like these movies because they have some meaning behind them other than just a movie of pure fiction. Keep reading to see what I thought of the movie as a whole.
Suffragette takes place in 1912 and is based on women’s suffrage in the UK. The main story revolves around Maude (who I thought they were calling Mold half the time during the movie) who lives a simple life and works as a laundress. She loves her family, but mostly her son George who means the world to her. Never intending to get involved in the whole women’s suffrage movement or become a suffragette, she gets pulled into this world where women are revolting because they want the same rights as men have and they’re done asking nicely. Throughout the movie you watch Maude turn from a timid housewife / working mother into an independent thinking woman who wants more out of life. She wants to be able to do all the things that men do and help shape the world. In order to do this though, she loses everything in the process including the one thing that means the world to her.
I really liked this movie and the way that it was done. It held a lot of meaning behind it and really made you think about what it was like back in 1912, a mere 104 years ago, compared to how things are today. While the most shocking moment was watching a woman sacrifice herself for what she believed in, it was even more shocking in the credits to see how long the suffrage movement has been going on and even continues today.
While Carey Mulligan is the star of the movie as she plays Maude, I really felt that Helena Bonham Carter, who I’m not really a fan of, was the real star of the movie. Carey Mulligan did a fine job of playing the prim and proper Maude, but when it came to transitioning into a woman who has lost everything, yet still fights for what she believes is right she still seems too timid. It was like her character had made the transition, but she didn’t portray her character like she did. Helena Bonham Carter did an amazing job as playing one of the fictitious characters made up for this movie. A woman who was inspired by Emmeline Pankhurst, played by Meryl Streep, and would do anything to see that women got the rights they deserved. The supporting case, while not really concentrated all that much on did an equally good job playing the different women who called themselves Suffragette’s and the men who opposed them.
The only real criticism that I have when it comes to this movie is the amount that it villainizes men. Yes a lot of the men in the movie deserved it as they thought their wives had no rights other than being a wife and a mother or they thought of women as just things that they could use as they pleased, but there were some that didn’t. There were some men who stood by their wives and helped them fight for their rights. These men were scarcely shown and I would have liked a little more focus on them and seeing how they also fought for what was right.
Overall I give this movie a 4 out of 5.
I’m not going to recommend this movie for everyone because if I wasn’t into historical period drama’s this movie would have bored me to tears and probably put me to sleep as there were some parts in the movie that dragged. If you’re a fan of historical period drama’s, or If you’re interested in women’s history and want to see how it all began and where it all began then this is an awesome movie to watch. The characters, although most are fictitious, struggle for rights that are taken for granted by most today. This is such an underrated movie, but it’s one of the best movies that I’ve seen in the past couple of weeks. Although this won’t go on my list of something that I can watch over and over again, it is one of those movies that sometimes you just have to watch once for the message and the meaning of it all to get stuck in your brain and make the slightest difference in your outlook.