Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jessie Buckley lead a fantastic ensemble in the highly entertaining Misbehaviour
” The only other forum in which members are weighed, measured and publicly examined before being assigned their cost is a cattle market”
As far as cinemas set in the world of elegance processions extend, Miss Congeniality will ever take some vanquishing but Misbehaviour makes a good pierce at attaching it on the platform. Director Philippa Lowthorpe and screenwriters Rebecca Frayn and Gaby Chiappe nail the Britflick vibes of this true story from the 1970 Miss World competition and how the nascent women’s lib shift “ve managed to” hijack it.
It does that with the kind of ensemble shed that stirs pretty much every vistum of the movie a happy. Lesley Manville! John Heffernan! Amanda Lawrence! Jo Herbert! And with Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jessie Buckley in starring roles, the general thrust of the film is a winner very as it takes a light-hearted look at some very much not light-hearted publications.
Knightley and Buckley play Sally Alexander and Jo Robinson, a chalk and cheese pairing of organizers for the newly-formed Women’s Liberation Front. Their target is Miss World as it is being held in London and aired on the BBC and correctly, the film takes its time to illuminate the different incitements at comedy, whilst divulging all sorts of behind-the-scenes shenanigans at the competition itself.
Robinson was all about direct war but the more cerebral Alexander is propagandized there by the misogyny she suffers in academia. This is opposed neatly with Robinson’s mother( the ace Phyllis Logan) affording her own, different, generational position. And there’s also care to show the participants as rounded beings very, peculiarly Mbatha-Raw’s Jennifer Hosten, who as Miss Grenada became the first gal of colour to win.
And without devoting too much apart, the cinema has one of the best end recognitions strings I’ve seen in ages, lovely stuff indeed.
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