A Brief Note: Suffragette, The Peanuts Movie (2015

Suffragette (2015)

2.5 out of 4 stars

Attempting a summary of an all too overlooked portion of history in a single movie is a hearty task, even for the most apt screenwriter.  Abi Morgan, wordsmith behind the acclaimed British series The Hours, Meryl Streep lead The Iron Lady, and Steve McQueen’s Shame, delves into another period of struggle for British women.  Surrounding a set of working class suffragettes, the ladies battle against the resistant men of their governments and their homes to receive a voice in their country’s affairs.

For as admirably brazen the violence of the film is, the repetitive story drags on and on.  Relatively short for a period piece at 105 minutes, it felt closer to 2.5 hours in length.  The politicians with a grumbling Brendan Gleeson at the helm try to keep the women down in the parliament while their husbands are the neigh-sayers at home.  Proceeding from civil disobedience to outright rioting, the suffragettes are unflinching.

Carey Mulligan leads the pack, and her broag is spot on working class.  Pain and weary shakes are gradually replaced by a battle cry.  Helena Bonham-Carter and Anne Marie Duff portray the wise and the feisty counterparts to Mulligans measure.  Madame Streep makes but a brief appearance to deliver a speech filled with slogans, some of them controversial.  The actresses are strong, but standouts don’t proceed beyond the ever great Mulligan.  Strong costume design and sets with repetitively drab and dark furnishings, aesthetic achieved.

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

2.5 out of 4 stars

 

Rebooting a classic is not a sure thing.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens was handled well and is the number one movie ever.  Point Break remake happened, and there was a lot of money lost.  When handled well, like The Peanuts Movie, you can land in the harmless middle ground.  Bringing in nostalgic story lines with 3D animation, a generation gap is bridged for this fun story of Charlie Brown suddenly becoming popular and seeking a girl of his dreams while Snoopy’s off to his regular shenanigans.  The kid voice cast is very tolerable, and the animation will not annoy the old fans while engaging the young.

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