Movies in Review: “Won’t Back Down”

I admit I would probably go see any movie that stars Viola Davis…love her, but it was Maggie Gyllenhaal’s performance in the trailer that had me super interested in this movie. I don’t think I can get enough of films based on our educational system. It’s just unfortunate that the system is always shown in a negative light.

This movie was held together by great performances from the cast, especially Davis and Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal was my overall favorite because she seemed to melt into the character she was playing. A mother’s love for her child is a strong bond, and Gyllenhaal played it excellently. The story was well written, but of course always disturbing to digest because you don’t want to believe all the bureaucracy that goes into the education system. My only complaint is the length of the film. It seemed like they could have cut out 20min, and gotten to the end quicker.

You are in for a very well written, directed and cast film. It was a bit long for me, but it may not bother you as much, especially because the content of the movie will keep most audience members attention…B+


About tajgreenemoviesinreview

I am creative by nature, and analytical by design. My escape from the riff raff of everyday life is a great movie. I do not title myself as a movie critic. I am a part of the viewing audience simple and plain. I started this blog to give a real life review of films, as an avid movie goer. Movies are expensive, and not always worth the money. I hope my reviews help you in your descision.
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2 Responses to Movies in Review: “Won’t Back Down”

  1. Interesting to see your take on it after reading the one at Fogs’MovieReviews. I’m not really interested in seeing this one and prefer to watch Waiting for Superman instead (which is a docu that I enjoyed actually)

    • Yeah I saw Waiting on Superman when it first came out. They are along the same lines, except Waiting is a documentary. If you’ve seen Waiting on Superman, its not really necessary to see this. I really enjoyed Gyllenhaal though 🙂

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