Not subtle, but a great story well told
- Misbehaviour review by JB
Misbehaviour tells a remarkable story - what happened at the 1970 Miss World pageant where a Women's Liberation group caused chaos during the show and where a notable number of women of colour took part (and did pretty well in the competition), including - controversially at the time - its first black South African contestant.
The story gets a relatively unsubtle treatment, in a similar fashion to the movies Pride or Made in Dagenham. Although its speechifying and exposition-heavy style can feel clunky and contrived (people speaking in a way no real person ever would, but written to summarise debate at the time, in situations blatantly set up to let them do so), Misbehaviour gets away with it, with its otherwise lightness of touch, empathetic characters and humour. It's topped off with some energetic and memorable performances from a great cast: Jessie Buckley typically stands out but Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Lesley Manville are great too. Keira Knightley basically plays herself but she does it well.
Although not the most sophisticated movie about the themes of second-wave feminism and racism, Misbehaviour works really well as engaging, entertaining social commentary. It's endlessly watchable, very well acted and shocking in equal measure.
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful.
Entertaining and thought provoking
- Misbehaviour review by JR
It is not just a 'feel good ' jolly British film, it is more serious, but wears its seriousness lightly. Women's equality, sexual objectification of women, racial injustice - these are the concerns of this film. Keira Knightly is as good as I've ever seen her, Rhys Ifans has a ball playing Eric Morley. It is pretty shocking that the cringe worthy cattle market that was the Miss World contest was considered good wholesome family TV viewing. The film shows how far we have come since the middle of the 20th century but also signals that we have much further to go. I enjoyed seeing the real people portrayed in the film before the end credits.
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful.
Brilliant evocation of a period in history and a movement
- Misbehaviour review by Champ
This film covers events that happened in my lifetime, and yet I was still shocked to be reminded how the world used to be. We really have come a long way, baby! This film brilliantly brings to life one event near the start of that journey, and engages you and makes you invest in the characters and what they are doing.
And, as with the best dramas based on real events, the final shots of the real protagonists, as the are now, with a short potted history of what they went on to do, warmed my heart even more.
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.