‘Shirley’ movie review: Regina King’s fine performance elevates an average biopic

Mar24,2024


A scene from 'Shirley'

A scene from 'Shirley' Photo Credit: Netflix

Shirley It begins with a graphic that says, “In 1968 there were 435 elected representatives in the House of Congress.” It added, “11 of them were women, 5 of them were black and none of them were black women.” The statements reveal how much of a trailblazer Shirley Chisholm (Regina King) was when she was elected to the United States Congress from New York.

Chisholm defeated House Speaker John W. She strongly opposed McCormack assigning her to serve on the House Agriculture Committee, because she felt that she could not help the urbanites who voted for her. In 1972, Chisholm announced her decision to run for president. With barely enough funds, even after putting up their own money, the campaign runs on conviction and straight talk, much to the dismay of Chisholm's campaign manager, Stanley Townsend (Brian Stokes Mitchell). Does.

Chisholm's husband, Conrad (Michael Cherry), her mentor and advisor, Wesley McDonald “Mac” Holder (Lance Reddick), fund-raiser Arthur Hardwick Jr. (Terrence Howard), intern and later youth coordinator and attorney, Robert Gottlieb (Lucas Hedges), and angry, single mother Barbara (Christina Jackson) support Chisholm in her endeavor.

Shirley (Tamil)

director: John Ridley

mold: Regina King, Lance Reddick, Lucas Hedges, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Christina Jackson, Michael Cherry, Andre Holland, Terrence Howard

Order: 117 minutes

Story: Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the United States Congress, runs for president

The film was written and directed by Oscar winner John Ridley (12 years a Slave), Congressman Ron Dellums (Dorian Missick) belittling Chisholm, DC Congressman Walter Fauntroy (Andre Holland) reneging on his promise on a technicality, Chisholm meeting with extremely racist Alabama Governor George Wallace (W), Follows the main tunes of the presidential campaign. Earl Brown in the hospital after being shot, and meet the Black Panther, Huey P. Newton (Brad James), at the Hollywood home of actor and singer Diahann Carroll (Amira Wan).

It also mentions the tension between Chisholm and her sister Muriel (Rena King) and Chisholm's “Bajan roots” in reference to her Barbadian father and the fact that she lived with her grandmother for a time in Barbados along with her sisters. Was staying with. While the period details are fascinating, it's Regina King's stellar performance that elevates the film. Academy Award Winner King and Outstanding Director A night in Miami… It symbolizes the toughness, foresight, ingenuity and grace required to dream big and do anything to achieve that dream.

Shirley It's a fascinating slice of the life of an extraordinary woman who believed strongly in “not accepting things as they are” in a politically charged time.

Shirley is currently streaming on Netflix

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