Sunday, February 16, 2014
What makes this film a real interesting film is the many different themes and issues it brings up. On top of that is the classic moral dilemma of right vs wrong. Philomena is heavily criticized by the nuns by her having a child out of wedlock, so they punish her harshly and essentially take away her son. Philomena is ashamed by this for a long time, so she keeps it a secret. But then she begins to think that keeping it a secret is a great sin. After Martin gets involved and learns about all this, he begins to believe that Philomena was greatly wronged by the nuns and the Catholic church. He even question whether or not her initial sin was even wrong at all. Then with this comes the religious themes in the movie. Philomena believes in God. Martin does not. The two of them get into this discussion several times during the movie. And of course with this theme comes the perception of the Catholic church in the movie, which is an unfavorable view to say the least. And of course, there are discussions that arise when they find information about the son, but I won't get into those. Lots of things to think about with this movie.
Overall, I would say that Philomena is a very enjoyable film with interesting themes and excellent performances by Dench and Coogan. Is it good enough to win any of the four nominations it was given? Unless it picks up the best adapted screenplay, probably not. It's not one of the best movies nominated for best picture, but I won't complain at its nomination. It was a very enjoyable film that I highly recommend you give a shot. I give the movie an 8.5/10.