Directed by: Daniel Barnz
Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Holly Hunter
Sassi’s Star Rating: 3.5/5
There are so many supposedly feel good, championing underdog films, that these days they’re beginning to get a little sour. But Won’t Back Down is a breath of fresh air to this stalwart category, with its funny cast and truly human story.
Won’t Back Down is a story centring on two women, looking to change the schooling system that is failing their children so severely. Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, the pair face off against endless bureaucracy, stubborn, conservative minds and deep corruption within the school’s themselves to help change their outlook of their children’s future, beginning with their educations.
The story is loosely based on a true story, when in 2010 groups of parents in California attempted to take over public schools, which led to government reform allowing parents to enforce changes within public schools. The story of these people, and their fictional counterparts is so human and so interesting that you can’t help but be engrossed. Everyone knows the sensation of feeling voiceless against a government institution, and when it comes to something as important as education and your own children, you really sympathise with the character’s struggles.
The movie is by no means revolutionary – we’ve all heard the inspirational human story a million times, but Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis do a fantastic job to add life and nuance into this story. The movie is definitely still enjoyable and it’s unfailingly optimistic and chipper heart make it the perfect lazy day film to curl up and enjoy.
Available now: DVD RRP$36.95 and Blu-Ray RRP$42.95
Category: Film & TV