SUFFRAGETTE – Rated PG-13

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“We break windows, we burn things, because war is the only language men listen to…”

From master storyteller Abi Morgan ~ the woman who has brought to life such poetic films as THE IRON LADY and THE INVISIBLE WOMAN, comes the tale of the plight of working class women in England, struggling to have their voices heard by the men that would rather destroy them ~ and their lives ~ than to give them the opportunity to VOTE…– THIS IS SUFFRAGETTE.

Having worked in the laundry her whole life, young wife and mother Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) goes about her daily work, trying to ignore the advances of her “pig” boss Norman Taylor (Geoff Bell).

When a fellow co-worker invites Maud to join her for a secret meeting of the SUFFRAGETTES, Maud is awakened to these women, and their cause, striving to secure the right to vote for all women in England.

Torn by the longing to follow her comrades Edith Ellyn (Helena Bonham Carter), Violet Miller (Anne-Marie Duff) and the leader of their organization Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep) into their fight for women’s rights, while not defying her husband Sonny (Ben Winshaw) in the process ~Maud finds out very quickly that these two worlds may not coincide…

When Maud is jailed for nothing more than being in the wrong place, at the wrong time, Sonny finds that her disobedience to him has strained their marriage to the breaking point, while affecting her rights to see her son George (Adam Michael Dodd) too!

As this “fight for rights” rages on, will the woman of England finally get to vote, just like their male counterparts ~ or will their blood, sweat and sacrifice mean nothing, when it is all said and done…

I give SUFFRAGETTE a rating of WAIT AND CATCH IT ON DVD ~ Not to dispel the woman’s plight for justice, freedom and having the same rights as men ~ I’M TOTALLY IN FAVOR OF ALL OF IT – and would have marched right along side of these women, I just don’t think this film warrants a trip to the theater to see it. Mulligans performance is good, even though she takes on the same type of role that we have witnessed many times from her before. Bonham Carter’s role is good too, as we get an opportunity to experience her without her “scary Face” on. And Streep once again gives a better-than-average performance, even though she does nothing more than make a cameo appearance when it is all said and done. I think that every woman, young or old, should take the opportunity to experience this film, as it brings to light the suffering and pain that those before us had experienced, so that we could enjoy the same values and rights as the men in our country, but, I still feel that a film so filled with the angst, pain and depression that this one has, is best suited being viewed in the comfort of your very own home…rather than on the big screen.

Kathy Kaiser