Let me just start by gushing ...
I like Judi Dench soooo much! She is such a wonderful actress! So talented. So versatile. I have loved all of her movies. I think she can do NO wrong. Therefore, you KNOW any movie she is going to be in will be great! It just has to be.
Philomean is a true story and the film is based on 2008 book that tells the tale. Philomena is a lovable, aging Irish woman who - 50 years ago - gave up her son who was born after a single night of youthful passion. The book and film follow her life as she intersects with that of a BBC reporter who has recently gotten sacked. Together they go on a journey to find out what happened to the boy she never stopped loving and never wanted to lose. Sniffle sniffle.
The film totally works and hits on all the right notes. From strong acting to a great story to wonderful dialogue, it is just one of those films that you enjoy all the way through and leaves you thinking at the end. One of my favorite things about this film is the wonderful screenplay with bright dialogue and witty banter. The actors are wonderful and the two leads are particularly good in scenes together - they have this amazing oddball chemistry that is honest and entertaining! The way Philomena says "oh Martin" is just so cute! The film has the perfect balance of strong emotion that just pulls at your heart with just the right amount of silliness. It's a lovable comedy that will make you cry at times. And I really hope that Dench gets a Best Actress nomination for this - would be very well deserved.
Definitely a must see! If you are like me and like to see all the contenders before awards season, see it now. If you are not as interested, this film can wait for DVD, BUT make sure you actually see it when it comes out on DVD!