Sunday, April 27, 2014

Philomena (2013)

IMDb plot summary: A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
Directed by Stephen Frears. Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

This is a lovely movie that starts off as just something cute and sweet and turns into something very moving. Judi Dench is excellent as always, creating a wonderfully layered character, especially in the final 20 minutes or so of the film. Steve Coogan is hardly exciting as Martin Sixsmith, but he certainly doesn't detract from the film at all, and the two of them play well opposite each other. While dealing with what could be an overly sentimental and overly melodramatic series of events, the movie manages to include a fair amount of gentle, character-based humor to offset it a little bit. In conclusion, I return to that adjective I used in the first sentence: "Lovely." That sums up this film nicely.

4 stars.

Flickchart: #420 out of 2117, below The Virgin Spring and above Pride and Prejudice (1995).

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