‘Philomena’ a must see movie

   With huge blockbuster movies being released in the last two months of the years it is easy for small independent films like Philomena to be passed over by movie-goers but I would strongly suggest checking this one out.

“Philomena,” now showing at the local AMC, is a movie that tells the true story of Philomena Lee and Martin Sixsmith. Judi Dench is spectacular.

With huge blockbuster movies being released in the last two months of the years it is easy for small independent films like Philomena to be passed over by movie-goers but I would strongly suggest checking this one out.

Philomena is a drama with a touch of comedy that is significantly helped along by a heart-tugging screenplay (written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope) and a performance that proves why Judi Dench is a Dame. She handles the script with such ease that the viewer is holding on to every word she speaks and every action she does and they consistently hope for the best possible outcome for her.

Dench plays Philomena Lee who is an elderly, devout Catholic woman who in her teenage years had a son out of wedlock and for her punishment the church adopts her son to an American family without Philomena’s permission. The film tells the true story of Lee and Martin Sixsmith (played by Coogan), a recently unemployed BBC journalist, and their travels to America to locate her son and find out if he had ever tried to locate his mother.

This film leaves a lasting message about not only the Catholic Church but also about the importance of forgiveness and the effects it can have on a person’s life.

Philomena is directed by Stephen Frears and stars Academy Award winner Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. It opened on November 22 in most theaters in the Littleton area including AMC 24.

 

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