Director: Stephen Frears
Writer: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope (Screenplay) Martin Sixsmith (Book)
Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham, Anna Maxwell Martin, Michelle Fairley
Plot: A world-weary political journalist Martin Sixsmith (Coogan) picks up the story of a woman’s Philomena (Dench) search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Martin and Philomena make an unlikely couple who goes on an adventure to find her long lost son.
Verdict: Emotional Story
Story: What can I say that hasn’t been said already? The story is brilliant and being based on a true story is even more incredible. You will laugh, you will cry and you will enjoy the story of one lady’s last attempt to find her long lost son. (10/10)
Actor Review: Judi Dench – Philomena a nice old lady who has been looking for her son for fifty years and goes on a trip to find him in America. Dench is brilliant in this role, she has perfect timing on all her lines that will give you the laughs or the tears. (10/10)
Actor Review: Steve Coogan – Martin Sixsmith disgraced reporter who takes a chance on a human interest piece that will change him forever. Coogan is brilliant and shows he doesn’t need to be that stupid clown comedy actor when he has such talent for the serious roles. (10/10)
Director Review: Stephen Frears – Great direction throughout to show the story unfold so well. (10/10)
Drama: Brilliant drama that will give you all different emotions throughout. (10/10)
Believability: Based on a true story (10/10)
Chances of Tears: Yes throughout you may get some. (5/10)
Settings: Each setting works well for the story and offers a new look to each scenario that the two end up going through. (9/10)
Suggestion: It got nominated for best picture so you know it will be good, this is a must watch film that will make you have a real emotional rollercoaster. (Watch)
Best Part: Dench and Coogan work brilliantly together.
Funniest Scene: Philomena being over friendly to everyone.
Favourite Quote: Phinomena ‘You should be nice to the people on the way up, cause you might meet them again on the way down, you of all people should know about that.’
Oscar Chances: Nominated for 4 Oscars
Chances of Sequel: No
Tagline: These two unlikely companions are on a journey to find her long lost son
Overall: Brilliant, Brilliant Drama That Is A Must Watch