Between this and Mrs. America, Gloria Steinem is certainly having a moment. As well she should, we say. If they can make a hundred million movies and TV shows about the Kennedys, we’re probably owed at least a couple of takes on one of the most important American women of the 20th Century. We thought Rose Byrne did a fantastic job of capturing Steinem’s intense, rock-star level of charisma, but we think the jury may still be out on Alicia Vikander’s youthful take on her:
Julianne Moore, however, looks fantastic in the part. Let’s hope she gets nominated for an Oscar and wins, because then she can be the woman who won an Emmy playing Sarah Palin and an Oscar playing Gloria Steinem, which will forever make her the go-to example when people talk about actors having range.
Janelle Monae as Dorothy Pitman Hughes and Lorraine Toussaint as Flo Kennedy as also look great, but Bette Midler as Bella Abzug is just perfect. Margo Martindale did a fine job of her in Mrs. America, but Midler evoked her here with just a few words. She was born to play this part. This looks great.
“Journalist, fighter, and feminist Gloria Steinem is an indelible icon known for her world-shaping activism, guidance of the revolutionary women’s movement, and writing that has impacted generations. In this nontraditional biopic, Julie Taymor crafts a complex tapestry of one of the most inspirational and legendary figures of modern history, based on Steinem’s own biographical book ‘My Life on the Road.’ THE GLORIAS (Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Lulu Wilson, Ryan Keira Armstrong) traces Steinem’s influential journey to prominence—from her time in India as a young woman, to the founding of Ms. magazine in New York, to her role in the rise of the women’s rights movement in the 1960s, to the historic 1977 National Women’s Conference and beyond.
THE GLORIAS includes a number of iconic women who made profound contributions to the women’s movement, including Dorothy Pitman Hughes (Janelle Monáe), Flo Kennedy (Lorraine Toussaint), Bella Abzug (Bette Midler), Dolores Huerta (Monica Sanchez) and Wilma Mankiller (Kimberly Guerrero).
Taymor gives us her singular take on that rare genre- the Female Road Picture, one in which the female leads do not die in the end, and where the “narrative” is not driven by romance or a bad marriage, or unrequited love or, for that matter, men. Gloria’s road story is about her “Meetings With Remarkable Women”. And that is a love story in itself.”
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