Movie review: ‘The Lady’
Courtesy of GSC; photo credit - Magali Bragard
Director: Luc Besson
Who's in it: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis
What's it about: Based on the life story of Nobel laureate and Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who was placed under house arrest for 15 years and only released less than two years ago in November 2010.
Why we like it: Michelle Yeoh's performance is full of grace and power, with a quiet elegance effortlessly brought to a setting of violence and bloodshed. While the story itself is certainly very real - and ongoing in real life - the movie brings the other side of Aung San Suu Kyi to the forefront.
We get a glimpse of this incredibly brave woman who was also a wife and mother - a side note that is forgotten too often.
Playing Suu Kyi's husband, David Thewlis also puts in a stellar performance as a spouse going through his own tribulations while trying to be supportive of his wife.
Why we don't: While we were enthralled with Yeoh's portrayal of Suu Kyi, we would've liked to see more of the leader's darkest days during her 15 years of house arrest. Even a saintly character must surely have had the lowest of days. Performance by the supporting cast was also a little lacklustre and dull.
Verdict: Being regional neighbours, Asian audiences can probably relate a lot more to Suu Kyi's story and this movie is a good reminder that democracy shouldn't be taken for granted. 'The Lady' will leave you with a heavy heart while feeling inspired at the same time.
Rating: 4 stars (of 5)
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