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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day 
Gets Better as It Goes On
3/4 stars

This is another one of those films that solidifies my love for Frances McDormand. She’s a chameleon in every role she plays and she often adds an extra spice that makes her character that much more lovable. But she’s not the only one that shines here. Amy Adams more than held her own, especially during that bar scene when she sings and realizes what she really wants in life. Equally good are fascinating Shirley Henderson (who somewhat reminded me of Megan Mullally not just because of her voice but the way she carried herself) and the romantic Lee Pace. At first I didn’t know whether I was going to like the entire picture because the first twenty minutes were all over the place. There was a lot of energy going on but I was doubtful whether the filmmakers could harness all of it and keep a certain focus at the same time. Eventually, I was proven wrong and the movie found its footing. It got better as it went along and I found myself caring more and more about the characters because some of them really do deserve to be happy. There was a lot of drama in the high society that McDormand jumped into (which was kind of like watching “Gossip Girl” but for adults and more toned down), but she was able to keep her old-fashioned, witty self. This would’ve been a better film if it was consistent from beginning to end, but I am more than happy with it. Scenes such as when the parties were interrupted by impending war was nothing short of engaging. The ending was touching but not too sappy; it is also very smart because it can lead to an interesting discussion about women’s role in society.


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