Reviews

  • May 15, 2021

    An outstanding performance by Imelda Staunton. The irony is not lost from the viewer that the ritzy doctors who arrange for wealthy women to plead mental illness as the reason they can't have a baby and then operate on them safely in a hospital for a great deal of money never face a prison sentence like the one Vera gets handed down because she helps poor women who can't afford to have babies and she charges nothing for her abortions performed at the woman's home, but one bad outcome in 20 years gets her a long prison term. The difference between what happens to rich vs poor women and those who help them with their problem is drastic!

    An outstanding performance by Imelda Staunton. The irony is not lost from the viewer that the ritzy doctors who arrange for wealthy women to plead mental illness as the reason they can't have a baby and then operate on them safely in a hospital for a great deal of money never face a prison sentence like the one Vera gets handed down because she helps poor women who can't afford to have babies and she charges nothing for her abortions performed at the woman's home, but one bad outcome in 20 years gets her a long prison term. The difference between what happens to rich vs poor women and those who help them with their problem is drastic!

  • Feb 24, 2021

    Vera Drake is a 2004 British period drama film written and directed by Mike Leigh 👵🏻 It's good 🙂 I'd recommend it if you like this genre 👍🏼 Wife. Mother. Criminal.

    Vera Drake is a 2004 British period drama film written and directed by Mike Leigh 👵🏻 It's good 🙂 I'd recommend it if you like this genre 👍🏼 Wife. Mother. Criminal.

  • Dec 01, 2020

    it's like watching a train wreck you cannot stop. Big relief to realize that this is JUST a movie

    it's like watching a train wreck you cannot stop. Big relief to realize that this is JUST a movie

  • Jun 29, 2020

    It has a decent premise but the script is too dull to satisfy.

    It has a decent premise but the script is too dull to satisfy.

  • Mar 02, 2018

    Britain in 1950 seems perfectly recreated in Mike Leigh's sombre look at a cleaning woman's desire to "help young girls out". Imelda Staunton justifiably won the BAFTA and was nominated for an Oscar as Vera Drake who maternally comforts many poor women by inducing miscarriages. She's warm and matter-of-fact despite the whole thing being illegal - but that latter fact causes everything to come crashing down. Although director Mike Leigh (best known for Secrets and Lies, 1996, perhaps) is overtly showing us how an anti-choice political climate makes things difficult for poor women (even as rich women are shown to have other ways to solve the same problem, quasi-legally, in subplot with Sally Hawkins), the film succeeds beyond making didactic points due to the commitment of the actors and the perfect mise-en-scene. Leigh's way of working with the actors, involving up to six months of rehearsals and complete biographical backstories to their characters - plus a fully improvised script - must have contributed. In fact, apparently none of the other actors knew that the film was about abortion until their characters found out - lending genuine surprise/shock to the proceedings. An increasingly difficult watch but important to consider.

    Britain in 1950 seems perfectly recreated in Mike Leigh's sombre look at a cleaning woman's desire to "help young girls out". Imelda Staunton justifiably won the BAFTA and was nominated for an Oscar as Vera Drake who maternally comforts many poor women by inducing miscarriages. She's warm and matter-of-fact despite the whole thing being illegal - but that latter fact causes everything to come crashing down. Although director Mike Leigh (best known for Secrets and Lies, 1996, perhaps) is overtly showing us how an anti-choice political climate makes things difficult for poor women (even as rich women are shown to have other ways to solve the same problem, quasi-legally, in subplot with Sally Hawkins), the film succeeds beyond making didactic points due to the commitment of the actors and the perfect mise-en-scene. Leigh's way of working with the actors, involving up to six months of rehearsals and complete biographical backstories to their characters - plus a fully improvised script - must have contributed. In fact, apparently none of the other actors knew that the film was about abortion until their characters found out - lending genuine surprise/shock to the proceedings. An increasingly difficult watch but important to consider.

  • Sep 05, 2015

    Very dark and tragic film by Mike Leigh. Brilliantly written and acted in his own inimitable way.

    Very dark and tragic film by Mike Leigh. Brilliantly written and acted in his own inimitable way.

  • Jul 29, 2015

    This is an interesting story but that lead performance stands out as the goods more so than the movie.

    This is an interesting story but that lead performance stands out as the goods more so than the movie.

  • Apr 20, 2015

    F 8.3 [Mike Leigh]

    F 8.3 [Mike Leigh]

  • Jan 16, 2015

    Not only is "Vera Drake" yet another of Leigh's impeccably acted (Staunton and Hawkins are unbelievably good) and intricately layered dramas, but it's also a fearless testament to the women who consistently stand up against institutionalized oppression and psychologically destructive social constructs all while keeping society in working order.

    Not only is "Vera Drake" yet another of Leigh's impeccably acted (Staunton and Hawkins are unbelievably good) and intricately layered dramas, but it's also a fearless testament to the women who consistently stand up against institutionalized oppression and psychologically destructive social constructs all while keeping society in working order.

  • Nov 09, 2014

    good character study

    good character study