Movie Review: Maudie

December 17, 2020

Details from IMDB:

Maudie (2016)

PG-13 | | BiographyDramaRomance | 4 August 2017 (Ireland)
 
7.6/10
16,022
 
An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.
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Director:

 Aisling Walsh

Writer:

 Sherry White

Initial Thoughts:

This has been a weird year for movies. Personally, I have seen 4 movies that were previously released (and I had seen) in theatres just because I love going there. Oddly enough I never did see "Maudie" when it first came out, so with it back in theatres I decided to go (and it was just $5). I will give Cineplex credit for bringing movies that I was interested in seeing.

Main Points:

This movie was filmed in my home, Newfoundland, even though it is set in Nova Scotia. I'm not getting into a discussion here about Maud Lewis as a painter, her life, her career, I'm just sticking to the movie, suffice it to say I know who she was, I think most people in Atlantic Canada do.

I thought Sally Hawkins did a fantastic job as Maud. Ethan Hawke is also great as her less than stellar (he is physically abusive at times and often cruel) husband. It is a film that makes you think about life, what's important to you and what does it mean to be happy. Maud lived a very simple life, had almost no possessions and was fairly happy for many years. Her husband, on the other hand, was miserable much of his life and was maybe (in a way) the worst thing that ever happened to Maud.

It is always nice to see Newfoundland scenery in a movie, I instantly recognized the community of Trinity (a place where I went often as a child and later as an adult) and have a lot of happy memories tied to that place. So I'm saying the scenery is always great for this movie and had special meaning for me.

It is a simple film and done at a slower pace. As much as Maud Lewis fans may be mad at me, I actually found it to be too slow at times and dragged in a few spots. Still, there are some truly touching moments, wonderful acting and a fairly solid story with some good twists (which I knew about but some people may not).

Final Thoughts:

If you don't mind a slower-paced movie, then certainly give this a watch. I give it a solid 7.5 out of 10 and would recommend it to anyone who wants to see how you lead a simple life and see the beauty in the ordinary world. Some violence and mild sex scenes, so ages 14+. Looking forward to reviewing some new movies next week and having some time off for the holidays.