Suffragette Review | The Reel Roundup

TRR: A poignant, inspiring and oftentimes heart-wrenching look at a crucial turning point in the crusade for gender equality, Suffragette chronicles the real-life struggles of the British women's suffrage movement of the early 20th century. Directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) from a screenplay by Abi Morgan (Shame), the movie puts a face to the cause by focusing its narrative on 24-year-old Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan), who isn't an actual historical figure, but more of a composite character through which we come to understand the great personal risk that the women who took part in the suffrage movement subjected themselves to. Maud is no stranger to a life of never-ending hardship where practically her every move has been dictated by men; but after she finds herself unwittingly caught up in a violent suffrage protest, she's introduced to a group of women (among them Helena Bonham-Carter and Meryl Streep) who set her on a very different path. Of course, creative liberties have been taken to maximize the story's dramatic impact; but that's where Suffragette works best, seamlessly melding together real-life historical events with the filmmakers' artistic vision. The result is a powerful message that's (sadly) just as relevant today as it was a century ago.

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