So I saw Philomena and it was kinda good. It's definitely a solid movie but solid is where it stops. It's still a good movie but the entire time I kinda got a made for TV vibe from it. Steve Coogan was basically playing Steve Coogan but Judi Dench did a great job playing her character as a somewhat sheltered and confused old woman. Some other performances were also pretty really good. Every aspect of the film was good but the director didn't really do anything to define the film as his own and I don't see him becoming a name that I remember.
I really enjoyed it but in a year from now I don't think I'm going to really remember much of this movie. There were moments where certain aspects of the movie stood out enough for me to appreciate them. I really like that there was some effort put in to keeping it consistent with the time period and do think that a big part of Judi Dench being able to play her character so well is how she was written. but the vast majority of the film went by without really giving me anything to chew on. It was all good, it was all correct, but there's an infinite supply of good and correct movies out there. And to me, this movie's destined to be lost underneath all the other ones. That being said, if you find yourself personally relating to the topic or subject matter, don't be afraid to call it one of your favourites.
But to me, this is pretty minimal for what could be called an Oscar movie. Check it out and see for yourselves but I'm giving this one a six out of ten.
Just watched on Showtime Anytime :D
I think this was a good movie. There were some parts of it I didn't quite understand - like how the Abbey wasn't sued and the people responsible incarcerated for their crimes - but overall, it's a different kind of movie, and a story that needs to be told and heard.