We watched this film in a film class because of its social commentary, but I have to say, I don't think the film has much else going for it. I think its pacing is weak and the filmmaking isn't that great.
The story of the film is simple, overlong, and very slow. The characters aren't particularly well-written, except for the protagonist, and I don't think that the story is quite interesting enough to work on its own without good characters. I will say, though, that the acting is very good. Sally Fields delivers a very strong lead performance, and Ron Liebman is good in his supporting role.
The filmmaking style is very rough, and it is on purpose to give it a gritty feel, but I still don't care for it. The diegetic sound in the film is also very loud, with the sound of the machines sometimes drowning out the dialogue, and while realistic, this does create some issues with understanding.
Overall, I thought that "Norma Rae" was okay, but it wasn't good enough to counter its slow storyline. Some will enjoy it, though.
Big Tuna's Rating: C+
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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