Suffragette, a new film, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep is about the women’s suffrage movement in Britain, approximately 100 years ago. While this movie is a drama and not a documentary, the writer and director stayed true to the real events. It is important for teen and millennial girls to watch Suffragette to see how far they have come.
Carey Mulligan, mostly known for An Education (nominated and won many awards), The Great Gatsby and Inside Llewyn Davis, has the lead role of Maude Watts. Her character was created to be an amalgamation of many of the women of that time. She was absolutely wonderful in the part of a married women, not originally part of the cause, who eventually plays a very big part.
Helena Bonham Carter, as Edith Ellyn, is the women that recruits Maude. She is the one that explains to Maude why they must use violence in their protests. For years, using only words got them nowhere. Meryl Streep has a very small part in the film, however, she plays Emmeline Pankhurst, the real life leader of the suffragette movement. Of course she does so brilliantly.
Going into the movie, I knew, of course, that women weren’t allowed to vote. However, the hardest part of watching Suffragette was seeing that women had barely more rights than children. The husband was the master of the house and could do almost anything he wanted. I think that this bothered me more than anything else.
I highly recommend Suffragette to everyone teenage and up, but especially to women. I had no idea what women went through to get the right to vote. And if I didn’t realize how far they had to go, our teens and young adults surely don’t. Suffragette is a drama that will also educate you to a time we shouldn’t forget.
Suffragette will open for a limited release on Friday October 23, 2015.