Judi Dench is marvelous in Philomena. But, her co-star, Steve Coogan, is terrific, too. Steve Coogan plays an out-of-work British journalist who reluctantly takes up Judi Dench’s character’s search for her missing son. The director, Stephen Frears, takes the Steve Coogan/Jeff Pope script and turns it into a plot pretzel. I loved the unexpected twists. The chemistry between Judi Dench and Steve Coogan is special. Coogan’s foppish journalist learns some Life Lessons from Philomena. But the journalist is relentless and discovers key clues about Philomena’s missing son. Philomena is one of the Best Movies of 2013. GRADE: A

12 thoughts on “PHILOMENA

  1. Jeff Meyerson

    As a Judi Dench fan of long standing I will definitely see this one, probably in Florida.

    I know I’ve mentioned it before but we saw her in a musical adaptation of J. B. Priestley’s THE GOOD COMPANIONS in London back in 1974, co-starring John Mills (who really couldn’t sing). The songs were by Andre Previn and Johnny Mercer. We liked it a lot. The woman can do anything (almost).

  2. Richard

    Okay, well, I guess that spoiler pretty much gave the plot away. Rats, I had thought about seeing this. Well, there’s still GRAVITY I have yet to see, if it’s playing anywhere.

  3. Cap'n Bob

    There’s a movie called The Magdalene Girls (IIRC) that showed very graphically what went on in the home they inhabited, which was more like a prison.

    I hate to be the holdout, but Densch was never high on my list of actresses. She always seems to be acting, which I find distracting.


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