Review: ‘The Lady’ (M) ??? ½

Share Canberra's trusted news:

YOU could be forgiven for wondering how long it will take before Burma’s military hierarchy decides to reject the result of the country’s recent election and revert to the bad old days.

Rebecca Frayn’s screenplay for Luc Besson’s compelling and often frustrating (in the most necessary way), film biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, tells about the love between her and her late husband Michael against the background of Suu Kyi’s stubborn refusal to acquiesce in the demands of the dictatorship and her continuing struggle to bring real democracy to Burma.

With Thailand providing locations for the Burmese exteriors and extras for crowd scenes, the film looks handsome. The depiction of conflicts is real enough to tingle your spine and occasionally turn your stomach.

Michelle Yeoh superbly reflects Suu Kyi’s beauty, inner strength, courage and commitment. Beside her is a commanding performance from David Thewlis as Michael. On the other side of the coin, Besson has found a team of unattractive men to play unpleasant characters, mostly military with an added sprinkling of lurking watchers reporting to the bullies at the top.

Don’t be embarrassed to take adequate tissues to watch “The Lady”. Emotionally uplifting, it makes no concession to the power of its plot and the intensity of its humanity.

At Greater Union and Dendy

Who Can You Trust?

In a world beleaguered by spin and confused messages, there's never been more need for diverse, trustworthy, independent journalism in Canberra.

Who can you trust? Well, for more than 25 years, "CityNews" has proudly been an independent, free, family-owned news magazine, serving the national capital with quality, integrity and authority. Through our weekly magazine and daily through our digital platforms, we constantly and reliably deliver high-quality and diverse opinion, news, arts, socials and lifestyle columns.

If you trust our work online and believe in the power of independent voices, I encourage you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support will be invested back into our journalism so we can continue to provide a valuably different view of what's happening around you and keep citynews.com.au free.

Click here to make your donation and you will be supporting the future of journalism and media diversity in the ACT.

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Previous articleEarthquake has Canberra all of a tremble
Next articleReview: ‘Romantics Anonymous’ (PG) ? ? ½
Dougal Macdonald
“CityNews” film reviewer

Leave a Reply