Thursday, 14 July 2016

Film: Suffragette DVD Release

Suffragette film and DVD release

My film section has been neglected for a while, so the DVD release of the movie "Suffragettes" in Germany comes just at the right time to bring you a new film-related post.

I watched "Suffragettes" last year at the cinema and I remember it came out at the time when gender equality and feminism had been widely discussed in the media. It is still a hot topic right now and after watching "Made in Dagenham" musical and film, Suffragettes was another popular medium dealing with feminism centralising strong women fighting for their rights in society. A fight, that without, we wouldn't live in a (nearly) balanced society today. 

The cast sees the brilliant Carrey Mulligan as the female lead alongside Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep and Ben Wishaw, whose character suddenly sees herself in the feminist movement of the early 20th century. I don't want to give too many details away from the plot, but I can assure you, that this British period drama was well shot and made. The atmosphere created carried you away back to the time and watching Mulligan's excellent play felt convincing. Some side characters attracted my attention due to their terrible overacting, which disturb sometimes the atmosphere of the film, making me wonder if I was watching a play rather than a cinematic movie.

Some scenes lacked suspense and the ending felt rushed. I think putting the focus and extending some core scenes would have deepened and emphasized the message of the film. Suffragettes is a film to raise awareness and it was obviously made to reach a wide audience, hence why some scenes were "popcorn" cinema where they could have been more intense. The film plays it rather save in that respect, but especially with a topic that is still up-to-date, it could have provided more provocation from my point of view.

So to sum up, Suffragettes is a film worth watching with its brilliant cast and a topic that still needs to be discussed publicly, but if you expect a documentary style film with different sophisticated levels, then I'm afraid the film will disappoint. It is easy to watch and to follow and covers a significant part of feminism history that stirs and provokes discussions nowadays that need to turn into actions rather than staying "words". 

The DVD is available in the UK for around £6 and has been released in Germany on 16th June.

Thank you so much for checking out today's post. Have you seen Suffragette when it came out in the cinema or are you planning on getting the DVD? Which films have you seen focusing on the gender equality topic? Do you think the cast is a good fit? Would love to hear from you.

Take care and till next time,
xx Caz xx

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