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Movie Review: Suffragette

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The women of 1912 England fight for women’s rights in “Suffragette”

Throughout the 20th century, women around the world fought for equal rights. They risked everything-family, jobs, and most importantly, their courage to fight for this gigantic issue. While Great Britain was struggling to have women the right to vote, America passed the 19th amendment in 1920. The fight for equal rights is still going on today.

Suffragette proves it.

Director Sarah Gavron and screenwriter Abi Morgan bring 1900s London to life in this unflinching but flawed historical piece. After delivering a phenomenal performance in Far from the Madding Crowd, Carey Mulligan hits it out of the park again as Maud Watts, who has a loving husband (Ben Whishaw) and a loving son (Adam Michael Dodd). She has been working underground as a laundry worker ever since she was a child. Along with other protesters including Violet (Anne-Marie Duff) and Edith (Helena Bonham Carter), Maud begins to support women’s rights under Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep, in an extended cameo, unfortunately), but she must play cat-and-mouse with the State.

I would not be surprised if this gets nominated for any Oscars (we all know how much the Academy loves Streep). I definitely wanted more. Other than that, I’m glad I went to see Suffragette.

3/4

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