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There are a lot of plots in "Mrs. America..." But they're woven together organically, unfolding with the same grace of the phenomenal cast.
Schlafly is ostensibly the subject here, and Blanchett's performance is masterful, but Mrs. America is an ensemble piece in which its central figure functions as an event.
"Mrs. America" is a show that will leave you thinking and, if you're femme in any way, questing for a revolution.
Mrs. America has zip to spare, bounding along on a '70s soundtrack, limning complex history, ideas, alliances, and personal dynamics with assuredness, tact, and insight.
Something seems amiss, separate from the filmmaking, separate from the artistry. Maybe it's just that it can be hard to separate Mrs. America's utter bleakness from its quality.
Mrs. America is maybe the first great television series of 2020, a project that manages to capture the complicated essence of real characters while telling a story at both micro and macro levels.
It's even possible to ignore the politics and enjoy Mrs America simply as a drama about strong women with clashing ideals. That's a testament to peerless writing and steamroller performances, led by the quietly smouldering Blanchett.
Uzo Aduba is perfectly cast as proudly pioneering presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm. They're going to have to expand the Emmy lists to acknowledge this much terrific talent.
Mrs. America dares us to not let these brave women be the last word in the fight for our own equality.
Mrs America spins and recentres the fight for equal rights, and tells it from the perspective of an oddly sympathetic, bikini-clad anti-heroine.
With the masterful Blanchett in the lead, it's very hard not to fall for Schlafly, at least a little.
Audience Reviews for Mrs. America: Miniseries
May 29, 2021This one really surprised me. I wasn't sure what to expect. Great cast, well paced story, great soundtrack too. I thought the political themes might overpower the story but the individual characters shine through and it becomes as much about them as the history, although the political backdrop is in itself a fascinating character. Today's crazy makes much more sense when you see many of the early seeds in the story of the ERA and how divisive it became. Loved it.
Apr 24, 2021A complete character assassination of the late great Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly. Definitely historical FICTION. Do not recommend if you want an accurate display of the work and character of Mrs. Schlafly.
Mar 20, 2021Should be noted that I only made it through 5/9 episodes. Needed to be a feature film, really. Attempts to accomplish too much by examining too many characters in depth, even when they're not particularly engaging. Cate Blanchett is typically superb as Schlafly, but a lot of the rest of the cast do not compare. When the focus is shifted away from her, the series becomes massively dull. I can't speak much for or against the show's historical accuracy or representations, so it's best if I leave that out. Overall, an intriguing idea stretched too thin.
Feb 14, 2021Great story lines and great actresses!
Sep 27, 2020A condescending look at conservatives in the 1970s which they are either evil or ignorant.
Sep 04, 2020Brilliant! The strong female cast nails this historical show. Loved it!
Sep 04, 2020Given the current state of American democracy, it took two episodes for me to shed my own memories of the failed ERA and current feelings of doom, and warm to this very well-constructed narrative that adds a lot of humanity and detail to events I knew mainly from newscasts. Cate Blanchette as Phyllis Schlafly, Tracey Ulman as Betty Friedan, Margo Martindale as Bella Abzug, Rose Byrne as Gloria Steinem – they're all wonderful, but Sarah Paulson is given a chance to steal the show and she runs with it.
Aug 28, 2020Mrs. America thrives on its marvelous production design and a spot-on cast led by a tour de force from Cate Blanchett to deliver an instigating account on the debate around ERA from the 70's until today - it nonetheless suffers from a misguided attempt to focus on Schlafly's conservative troup when it could benefit more from turning its attention on the far more deserving real-life women that fought for equality.
Aug 27, 2020What to say about this series: Mrs. America is that she's just gorgeous and she even gets addictive after a few episodes, this historic story about these avant-garde women's fight for American civil rights for equal rights for women or women. equal rights between the sexes. It is true that this reconstruction of the 1970s, when feminists fought for a positive evolution of the mores and discriminations of women, in the face of a fringe of conservative women, was a daily struggle for a positive evolution of mentalities of the era and this evolution, was only possible by the courage and the determination of these women who wanted to have their place full time in this inequality of the sexes of the time. But this was only the beginning of a new era where women would finally have the place they deserve in a society of law, because everyone knows that this positive development took quite a few years before assert themselves as such. Mrs. America is a series where a dream cast has made it even stronger by its interpretations, among others the masterful Cate Blanchett, mesmerizing and magnificent with a frozen smile at the height of her ambition. All these women who intervened in this series have lived up to the high quality of it. A realization and a perfect scenario of perfect clarity and efficiency. A great series which will challenge by its reflection and will also make people think about other points on the equality of civil rights in general and humanize them a little more.
Aug 16, 2020Excellent depiction of the ERA and Stop ERA movements, delivered with an excellent cast. The politically-infused sociology of the decade - the ‘70's - is also here and fascinating. Phyllis Schlafly symbolizes, unfortunately from my perspective, both the decline of the women's movement in the late 70's and of liberal causes and liberalism in general. Right up to 1980 and Reagan. The performances are top-notch.