Haiku Review: Woman Walks Ahead

Woman Walks Ahead
Written by Steven Knight
Directed by Susannah White


HAIKU REVIEW

Quiet and reserved;
With a Breakthrough Performance;
And Fresh Perspectives.


RATING:
Watch in Theater Immediately
**Pickup at Redbox Upon Release**

Stream on Netflix/Watch on Cable
Don’t Waste Your Time


ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

Let me start by saying that the only thing stopping me from rating this higher is that the distributor, A24, currently only has plans to release this in New York and L.A. This is a very good film that I hope will find its audience, but I fear it may not. As part of the 2018 Cinetopia Film Festival, we had the chance to speak to co-star Michael Greyeyes (Taqa on TV’s Fear the Walking Dead) and ask questions, which really helped go gain insight into the whole project. This was written before Steven Knight even wrote Eastern Promises, so that goes to show how long it was stuck in preproduction. As such, armchair critiques of the film being a white savior story or capitalizing on the wave of female empowerment stories are shortsighted and misleading. Greyeyes, Chastain and Rockwell anchor a story of an important time in US history, and the fact that it happened to be filming at the same time as the Standing Rock protests make the story even more poignant and helps the themes resonate on a deeper level. I really appreciated that the script trusts the viewer to understand the violence of the times before sitting down, instead of letting violence inform each viewer’s understanding of the characters and story. It’s a story about how we learn to trust each other and work together, with strong themes about not only being yourself, but remembering who you were born to be, before someone else’s preconceived notions shaped your worldview. If you have the chance, go see this film!


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