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Plot: Jamie Fitzpatrick and Nona Alberts are two women from opposites sides of the social and economic track, but they have one thing in common: a mission to fix their community’s broken school and ensure a bright future for their children. The two women refuse to let any obstacles stand in their way as they battle a bureaucracy that’s hopelessly mired in traditional thinking, and they seek to re-energize a faculty that has lost its passion for teaching.
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Stand up for better education in Won’t Back Down
There are movies that come along based on inspirational stories and usually manage to deliver just on the story itself. When you give them a bit of a budget and some great actors then you have the possibility of creating something special. The latest film takes on the rarely talked about in film issue of education in Won’t Back Down. With Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis leading the way could there be any chance this film doesn’t work?
Won’t Back Down follows two determined mothers whose children are failing in an inner city school, who team up to take back the school and turn it into a place of learning. Before they are able to change the school, they have to battle the parents, school board, and teachers union. While this isn’t an actual true story like a lot of these films, it is based on various incidents of its kind. They don’t break any molds or do anything that hasn’t been done in some way before, but what is refreshing is who is under fire in this story, the education itself as opposed to those struggling to learn. The performances are all great and the movie works fine, but there is just something missing that most of these films have to really suck you in and that’s that moment where those fighting the losing battle deliver a memorable moment that turns things around. Most likely trying to shove that into this story would have felt forced and cliché, it just lacked that needed punch to add the extra passion to make the movie step out of just another in a line of inspirational stories.
Make no mistake, this is a great movie, but isn’t breaking any ground. If you enjoy these sorts of stories then you should check it out. Thanks to the two leads it takes a film that could have been pretty generic and turned it into something really good. If these two great actresses aren’t enough to suck you in, the film also sports a great supporting cast as well including Ving Rhames, Holly Hunter, Rosie Perez and Bill Nunn so there is bound to be someone in there to peak your interest.
Poorly marketed, received drama trying to fight the good fight
Jamie Fitzpatrick (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a single mother trying to hold down two jobs, struggling to afford a good education for her daughter. “Won’t Back Down” is her fight to change the public school system. Joining her is a strong, tough, independent disenchanted black teacher, Nona Alberts (Viola Davis). It’s a drama poorly marketed as anti-union propaganda and was just as poorly received.
The film isn’t as bad as the critics’ ratings, the dismal box office performance, or the word-of-mouth criticism suggests. It’s certainly not great. The predictability, the cloying sentimentality, and desire for perfection make sure it won’t reach the great heights that the film seems to have envisioned for itself. But for people who like dramas where a disenfranchised community comes together to fight against a system, the film does hit the right notes.
Overall the acting is great, even though Davis can kiss her award chances goodbye. Gyllenhaal was the only one that attempted to add some comedy to her role. She has always been great at melding together drama and comedy and more comedy always seems to be a good thing. The best role, however, was Oscar Isaac who played both Jamie’s love interest and a teacher who was doing his best to not fail the students. He supported the union, respected his fellow teachers, respected his students, fell in love with Jamie and supported her cause even though his multiple stances would frequently be at odds. He also did all of the above with a guitar strapped over his shoulder and made little girls laugh with renditions of Johnny Cash songs. It’s too bad he won’t be able to garner any Oscar buzz.
I’m assuming one of the major issues with the failing of this film was the timing of the release. Although September marks the beginning of the school year, it is also a time of hope, optimism for the year that could be. Parents and children alike believing that this year they’re going to find a teacher that inspires them and see their dreams for the future come true. It’s not a time for the reminder that the public school education system sucks. This film would be better left for February, during the ides of winter, when students and parents alike are struggling to learn what they’re supposed to know and have lost the optimism they had just six months earlier. At its best, “Won’t Back Down” would be able to provide that lost hope; fighting the good fight, as long as that doesn’t get too monotonous.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 1 min (121 min), 2 hr 1 min (121 min) (USA)
Director Daniel Barnz
Writer Brin Hill, Daniel Barnz
Actors Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 3 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Datasat, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Fuji Eterna-CP 3514DI), D-Cinema