We watched "Silkwood" in a class because of its social commentary, and until watching it, I didn't realize that it was a Mike Nichols film. I think that his style is evident in this film, albeit in a different genre.
The writing of the film is interesting. The characterization is really good. All three of the main characters are developed and sympathetic, and the secondary characters are all sympathetic enough to cause investment in the story. The tone is good, with the darker parts of the film being well-balanced with the comedic relief. The film is also extremely well-acted. Meryl Streep delivers a very strong and believable performance in the lead role.
The cinematography and production design are simple, but effective. The score is extremely good, and is used to heighten suspense very well. There are a few times in which these cinematic devices may be a bit overused, making the film feel a bit manipulative, but they are still impressive.
Overall, I think that "Silkwood" is a very good biopic. Towards the end, it begins to turn a bit towards the preachy side, but the rest of the film is very interesting and well-written.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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