Good morning and happy Saturday! As per usual, before the Oscars I tend to start catching whatever stray nominees I can. This time I saw 'Philomena'. I posted the trailer a while ago in case you don't remember.
The rough story is that a young girl became pregnant in a fling and was forced to give him up for adoption and fifty years later she is trying to find him. She, being Philomena, has attempted to find him before with no luck. This time she has the help of an ex-BBC reporter who is quite a bit more forceful with his questions. Last but not least, this is based on a chillingly true story.
There are many interesting and shocking twists in this story, which I shall not spoil. What's important is that it's a good story! 'Philomena' held my attention from start to finish. Best of all it touches on a vast array of hot-button topics. This is why I call it a conversation starter. Oh the discussions I had, and could still have, about the various plot points.
The biggest negative I have is the overt product placement. I've been seeing more and more of this in recent years and it really detracts from movie immersion. 'Philomena' was brought to you by Guinness, BMW, and Nikon! How exciting! *Sarcasm*
After seeing it, I definitely understand the Oscar nominations! It will be interesting to see how that all plays out!
All in all, I recommend it! I would say that it's best for a mature audience or someone who is interested in the storyline. Kids and silly teens will probably be bored, but that's their loss! If you're curious, give it a go!