The film was a piece of light entertainment. There were a couple of excellent performances, with the three most appreciated were Emma Thompson (Katherine), as the bitchy late night television presenter, Mindy Kaling (Molly) as the new writer recruited as she was female and from the sub-continent, and a smaller part by John Lithgow (Walter) who played Katherine’s husband.
The film was promoted as a comedy, but mostly we found just a few chuckles, rather than lots of laughter. It did reflect some real-life scenarios which many of us had encountered during our professional lives. And it did remind us of the film “The Devil Wears Prada”.
There were a lot of different relationships developed during the film, ranging from Katherine’s relationship with her team of writers (all white males, and whose names she did not know, so she gave them numbers), her relationship with Molly as the new token writer, Molly’s relationship with her co-writers (who did not welcome her as an interloper) and Katherine’s relationship with her husband.
Most of the class rated it as 3 out of 5, although a couple rated it lower.
With the school holidays, films in September and early October are predominately aimed at children. Apart from these, the most interesting for most of the group is “An Australian Dream.” This documentary, based on Adam Goodes, does not start screening until just prior to our class, so we decided that we would focus on attending one of the animated films screening towards the end of September. So our film for discussion at the 9 October class is “Abominable”, a children’s animated film which screens at BPACC between 20 September and 4 October.