So, suffragettes were at a peak in the early 20th century, demanding women having the right to vote in the UK, which I guess peaked because for years they were ignored and across other countries a few of them allowed them to. The only thing about this is that war is the only protest men listen to, so smashing windows, bombing houses, incarceration, that's their life, trying to make it better. This is put in the hands of a lady Maud Watts played by the beautiful Carey Mulligan of The Great Gatsby in her fight for a better life. One that is to be noted, only possible every election, and possible by a margin of the other candidates.
Now, all I was really thinking about were two things: "Will this be as good as Made in Dagenham"? Because honestly, that movie was awesome and I really felt the accomplishment Sally Hawkins and her colleagues made on them and the man-infected world. The other thing was that the plot of this movie is so similar to Selma, except it throws more punches, which was what I wanted in Selma but now somehow I'm glad they didn't. And guess what? I think Suffragette may be the most disappointing movie of 2015. Well, besides The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The husband Sonny has the exact same feel as Eddie from Made in Dagenham, almost as if he was the same actor acting the same character and so I found him instantly predictable and one-dimensional. That's also basically the entire movie. I ended up predicting almost everything, and for more than half of those, I hoped the plot would go anywhere except that, ending up being 100 minutes of torture about history that I wish was forgotten, because it shows every man (even Helena Bonham Carter's character's husband, in the end) as a clueless idiot.
The movie does carry some honest facts about suffragettes, I enjoyed a laundry scene involving Carey Mulligan's boss, and Mulligan herself is the perfect choice for the lead role. But that's about it when it comes to positives. Brendan Gleeson is the main antagonist and is called Steed, and he's so ferocious and deserving-of-death that I think many viewers may no longer come to respect Allister Moody and transforming Malfoy into a farret. (First, autocorrect changed that word to carrot, then garret.) I understand that this was vaguely how life was like with this fight way back when and is trying to show how far women have come in the world but it fails on that note completely and Bob Hoskins was a respectable man in Made in Dagenham, so why can't we have one here? I kept watching though for you guys and because I couldn't wait for the conclusion...The ending has got to be one of the worst I've ever seen. There's just so much that's told to us rather than shown to us. Yep. 100 minutes of torture. Don't watch this as a date movie, if at all if you can.