The basics: Made in Dagenham is the story of the striking female machinists at the Ford factory in Dagenham, England in 1968.
Sally Hawkins is dynamite as the strike's unlikely leader, Rita. I give credit to her and Nigel Cole, the film's director, for honestly portraying her as nervous and not always eloquent. Sure, she was eloquent by the speech's end, but the imperfections of her character made her both more believable and easier to relate to. Her performance is the anti-Aaron Sorkin dialogue. In this case, I'll take substance and authenticity over style.
The verdict: Made in Dagenham may not surprise, but it does inspire and delight.
Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5)
Length: 113 minutes
Release date: It's playing in these theaters now
Source: I paid to see it at the Spectrum Theatres
After the movie I venture two doors down to New World Bistro Bar for dinner. They were having a "July in January" weekend and celebrating summer food and drink during the middle of winter. (The timing was appropriate: the low in Albany was -13 that night!) I decided to treat myself to a summer frisee salad with pomegranate seeds, blood orange segments, toasted coconut, starfruit and a honey, ginger dressing. It was bursting with flavor and absolutely delicious. With the cold weather, I couldn't stick with all summer food, however, and I enjoyed one of my favorites: mushroom risotto. It transported me right back to winter, and I loved every bite.
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