Anatomy of a scandal

Hello, My Movievaures! I have been quite busy lately as I moved to Barcelona so you can imagine that it has been difficult to go to see a movie. However, Netflix is always there to save me from boredom. Or at least just give me some content for a new article, and today’s one is all about British drama: Anatomy of a scandal. I saw this show appear on my Netflix home page and was a bit curious about it, without expecting much about it. And it was exactly that: good entertainment. But before, let’s get to the non-spoiler part:

Anatomy of a scandal is a Netflix British political drama based on Sarah Vaughan’s book. I haven’t read this one either (as is the case with many Netflix based on a book’s shows), but the plot seems to be quite accurate. We follow the Whitehouse couple as they try to keep their family together after the reveal of a scandalous affair, rape allegations, and ghosts from the past that will question their privileges as a rich, white family. In reality, the topics addressed in this show have already been viewed and reviewed, but I will say it was entertaining enough to keep you engaged, with some interesting twists and sufficient enough good acting.

Now that we are into spoilers … Well, I was clearly not expecting Kate Woodcroft’s reveal of her true identity, however for everything else it actually seemed quite foreseeable. The storyline is based on the book so I cannot actually criticize the show in itself about it, however, I think it could have been better developed, especially when showing the flashbacks. There were some interesting ideas, but nothing quite original in itself. The acting was good though. It was enjoyable to watch Rupert Friend and Sienna Miller perform as a married couple and Michelle Dockery as a ruthless lawyer.

I’ve seen many critics say this show is hurting feminism and even doing a disservice to sexual assault survivors by showing that justice does not apply to the rich and powerful men. I actually didn’t feel that way and I would even consider it does the opposite. It is important to know that unfortunately the system is rigged and this still happens a lot. I get that the ending does seem to show that this predator has been only been punished when another white man was hurt instead of what has been done to the women. I also felt the same way, but I believe this was the goal of this story: to show how inequalities and privilege are still an important part of our society.

Well, this is all for today My Movievaures. Let me know in the comments down below your thoughts on this show and if you felt the same about it. I actually felt that women were the center of it, exposing how sometimes we can be accomplices without even knowing it. I’ll be back next week with a new article on one of the most expected movies of the year (I’ll let you guess which one). In the meantime, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram (the_movievaures). See you next week!

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