Director Sarah Gavron brings early 20th century Great Britain to life in Suffragette.
The story follows the early feminist movement for the right to vote. Suffragette boasts a star-studded cast with Meryl Streep playing Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the revolutionist group, along with Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan), a mother and laundress, and Helena Bonham Carter as Edith Ellyn.
Much of the film centers around freedom and the fight for equality from the soundtrack to dramatic scenes, which are two key points alone that make it worth watching. The women, or Suffragettes, take matters into their own hands from peaceful protest to violence in order to gravitate attention. What follows is a cat and mouse game as the head politicians try to stop their influence. The character development of Maud Watts from hesitation to committed devotion for women’s rights make for a truly empathetic experience to watch.
Aside from the cast, the replication of the London’s iconic landmarks such as Regent Street and Buckingham Palace are starkly impressive in addition to the seemingly real early streets and infrastructure. This movie in every way feels authentic and powerful in delivery and acting. Although, some scenes could have been edited down in order to not lose focus on the overall storyline. All in all, Suffragette is moving, relatable, and entertaining while simultaneously a historic film.
Suffragette comes out on October 23.