Based on 160 votes and 11 reviews
slow and boring.
When i first watched the film i thought it was pretty good but the acting wasn`t brilliant, but my teacher told me that the cast hadn`t rehearsed it before, she said that they just improvised on the set. this made me appreciate it alot more and think how hard it must have been for the actors. my favourite bit is at the christmas party when Reg says that it was the best christmas party he had ever been to!
As someone from a working class background, whose father hailed from London I could so identify with the characters and the working class culture they typified. I notice some people, particulary Americans, found it hard to understand how the characters behaved at times- why Vera didnt defend herself more, but to me the whole film was just perfectly realistic of the class, place and times.
The acting was stellar. I found dialogue hard to hear/understand because of accents. Story is slow but involving. The only real let-down was the ending...there wasn`t one. They should have at least told us how long she spent in prison...etc. None the less, I gave it 4 stars.
Imelda Staunton gives a very good performance. While I enjoyed the movie, I could not help but feeling I was watching a Made-For-Television film - it just looked weird.
This movie is even more crippled then the main cast members, who play people who try to see who can make the tax-payer the most annoyed. Well it would be a tough pick if I were the taxpayer, because this movie is about as annoying as hearing George W Bush say the war is over. The acting is unmanagable, the sets are all wrongfully decided, and the ending should just be the ladies killing themselves, because that`s what critics love: People being able to handle decisions the right way.
An amazing and stoic performance by Imelda stanton the oscar should havee gone ome wth her.
Wonderful film. One of the best movies Mike Leigh has ever made. Women have been oppressed and persecuted for centuries & Leigh gives the audience a bird`s eye view of a time & place where the right to choose did not yet exist: 50`s Britain. Imelda Staunton gives a powerhouse performance, & if there is any justice, the Oscar will be hers.
Imelda Staunton does indeed give a great performance, but the film lacks that one cathartic moment when Vera Drake can really voice the conviction of her beliefs. The period costumes, however, were impeccable throughout the film. Prediction: Oscar nomination for Ms. Staunton, but no statuette.....
Everyone should see this movie!
Excellant acting, a very natural look at life in 1950 London.