My hopes were high for this blockbuster starring the one and only Sally Sparrow (Carey Mulligan, The Great Gatsby, played Sally Sparrow in 2007 Doctor Who episode Blink). Also starring the superb Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Paddington) and Anne Marie Duff (Shameless, Before I Go to Sleep), I had high hopes for Suffragette.
And I can confirm, my hopes were fulfilled.
Penned by 'The Iron Lady' writer Abi Morgan, Suffragette follows the life of Maud Watts (played by Mulligan). Watts works in a laundry owned by perverted establishment owner Norman Taylor, played by Geoff Bell (Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Great Fire). She is walking through London one day, when a group of suffragettes take part in one of their many violent protests. Watts is almost hit by a brick during the protest, but she is intrigued and she ends up becoming a suffragette herself. Through a range of events that follow, her life falls down around, but it all seems somewhat worth it, because they keep getting one step closer to gender equality.
The performances were fantastic from all of the cast in Suffragette. Especially that of Ben Whishaw. Whishaw plays Maud's innocent, but anti-Suffrage husband Sonny. I am a huge fan on Whishaw's previous work, and has somehow managed to replace Desmond Llewelyn as my favourite Bond quartermaster.
Handled by Morgan very sensitively, I would certainly say Suffragette was a triumph. However, I have one big criticism! The use of Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady, The Devil Wears Prada) disappointed me... Streep is a wonderful actress and I was looking forward to seeing her portray Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst in Suffragette. She appears in no more than 3 minutes of the film, and was simply casted for celebrity endorsement. Even though the film is not supposed to be about the suffragette leader, I felt extremely cheated to find that she had a higher billing than Whishaw on the poster only for around about a page of script.
But apart from that I was very satisfied by this film, and it is good to see that there is finally a film that does justice to inequalities that were rife in the early 1900's, as well as inequalities that are still around these days throughout the film and TV industry, among others.