New feminist film in cinemas: Suffragette is an eye opening, thought provoking and refreshingly topical film for an audience of the twenty first century. Whether your a woman, a feminist, a man or even slightly unaware to such political issues, this film is definitely one you should watch!
Maud (Carrey Mulligan) is a woman, like many others of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, was a working woman in an underpaid job at a factory doing laundry. She had been working there the majority of her life and as she slowly started to see the rising of the suffragette movement, she began to question her own morals and life. Without really knowing it at first, Maud becomes a part of her local group of fighting suffragettes. Carey Mulligan is also astonishing in this role, her part really bringing her acting skills to the spot light. Not forgetting the other powerful woman figures who are in the film such as Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep.
The women in the film fight a fight that many of us as a society in this day an age forget was such an issue a century ago, and even still so in many countries now. We observe the true struggle of being a woman back then, how women are objectified and disrespected, by not only by the men of that time but by some women too who believed what the suffragettes were doing was ridiculous. The film is very moving and we observe so many battles that the women have to fight, and this does not include just casual sexism and sexual harassment, but also how isolating being a suffragette sometimes was. Also, we see the humiliating penalties and abuse women would get even for just trying to get their voice heard.
I personally found that although the film was a tear jerker it was also very empowering and brought a sense of pride towards the courageous women who helped our gender get where we are socially and politically today.
So, if you’re fed up of your usual chick flick or repetitive action movies and fancy a costume drama with a lot of depth and insight go and see suffragette because I can almost guarantee you won’t regret taking a trip to the cinema to see!