Best movie of this year hands down!
Fun premise, good actors, bad writing. This film seemed to have potential at the beginning but it quickly devolves into a trite action film. Ultimately it's very boring.
The film creates a perfect balance between action and depth of basic needs, in the midst of an infertile atmosphere.
Knowing what we know now about the Rohingya genocide, this film seems so naive. I guess the production team involved did not really know that Suu Kyi was just in it to grab power, presumably because she felt entitled as her father ruled the country earlier. It really spoiled the film for me. How stupid it looks now to see the glorification of a person lacking in basic humanity. You may watch it but with the knowledge that its basically a propaganda piece about a person who was cunning enough to dress up her lust for power as a noble cause. I'd rather watch any other movie than spend time watching propaganda.
As a producer, Luc Besson has been comfortably established in the action cinema for many years. However, as a director, we have been seeing him since 2005 working in such diverse genres as the romantic comedy (Angel-A), the fantasy (Les Aventures Extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec) and the digital animation (the Arthur and the Minimoys saga)...with quite poor results. In his most recent film as a director, The Lady, Besson goes back to the historical biopic genre (which he had already explored in the excellent The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc) in order to focus his attention on another brave woman who contributed to the liberation of a Nation. The result is mediocre, but moderately interesting in general.The events portrayed in The Lady are fascinating, but they aren't easily adapted to the classical dramatic structures of cinema, and that makes the film a bit fragmented and occasionally dull. At the same time the films examines Aung San Suu Kyi as a reluctant political figure, we also have glimpses to the democratic movement in Burma (also known as Myanmar); to the domestic policy of the Nobel Prize Committee; to Michael Aris' complicated family life, raising two teenage sons during the mother's (Suu Kyi) absence; and to the corrupt military leaders from Burma, deciding the life or death of political prisoners through chance and superstition. Sure, all those divergent aspects are necessary in order to comprehend Suu Kyi's democratic crusade; and I also appreciate the fact that screenwriter Rebecca Frayn didn't simplify the story in order to make the film more commercial; but I also feel that there should have been a better defined dramatic arc, which integrated those divergent elements into a faithful and dramatically solid whole.Another problem I found in The Lady is that its story doesn't end, because Suu Kyi's work in Burma hasn't finished either, and as a consequence, the ending doesn't reach the dramatic climax I had been waiting for. In any case, we were handed that climax in little increments through the film. Nevertheless, despite being mediocre, The Lady managed to keep me moderately interested (with the exception of a few dull moments), and I think that that fact, along with the brilliant cinematography and the solid performances from Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis, are enough to make it worthy of a slight recommendation.
To put it simply, this movie is good for self-reflection : do not take democracy as granted.I am a merely a Hong Kong guy. As you may or may not know, HK is now under the control of the China PRC government since 1997.HK people have been dreaming of universal suffrage to elect their own chief executive using their own votes since then.The truth is, PRC does all its possible way to prevent universal suffrage to happen in HK.And the worse is, HK does not have Aung San Suu Kyi. Personally I don't even believe there will be one in the future.Burma has Aung San Suu Kyi. China has Liu Xiaobo. Hong Kong has nothing but a scumbag of pro-PRC politicians trying their best to protect their authority or privileges. So I guess this movie is particularly meaningful to those people, me included, that cannot cast their vote to find their desired leader. Democracy may not solve all problems, but it gives hopes to humanity and the spirit of freedom.God bless Aung San Suu Kyi. Democracy never comes easy.
Although this film were not produced by the native people, it would never diminish its excellence; anyway, how can you rely on the Tyranny government release those film-makers and politic prisoners to produce this film? The lady by Yeong was well presented, behave properly to reflect the path of Lady, who was fighting all her life for freedom and democracy; it has been quite a long time since I felt excited and moved by a movie. The script itself of The Lady is quite attractive, the legendary life of Suu Kyi made us realize, there indeed exist some people, who can fight for the freedom of their country instead of focusing on their own benefits. Suu Kyi sacrificed a lot during her life, including a large part of her family life after marriage; but she still insisted regardless of the hardship in her arrest. Moreover, Miss Yeong also performed quite well and expressed the very exact characters of Suu Kyi in the film: love, patience, tolerance, artistic and calm. Perhaps it comes from her careful preparation for this film in the last 3 years. But the end of the movie is kind of abruptness, I don't quite catch its meaning; perhaps it can develop better. All in all, highly recommended! Excellent movie!