Similar in tone to Pride and it’s absolutist ilk, this is a broad variant on familiar Ken Loach social realist territory albeit unsubtly banging the usual zeitgeist drum for something anti status-quo: this time women’s pay and working conditions (subtitle: Aren’t Men Horrible...) Like the depicted factory cars, it’s assembled in working order but just repeats a familiar model over again.
One of the best British biopics around - a rousing call-to-arms towards gender and class equality. In an era where feminism can become a smokescreen for right-wing political positions (conservative, right-libertarian, neoliberalism), a film and true story which advocates feminism and socialism in tandem is a wonderful thing. A great ensemble and a gripping narrative.
A crowd-pleasing little man, or woman in this case, against the big corporation tale, this Sally Hawkins vehicle benefits from the current political and financial climates and a willingness to overlook the simplicity of its arguments in sight of what is plainly right. As a film there is little depth into the actual characters of the story and there is a driving force missing from the core of the film.