Movie Review: Miss Virginia 2019
Miss Virginia, directed by R.J. Daniel Hanna, is a captivating and thought-provoking movie that tells the inspiring story of Virginia Walden Ford (Uzo Aduba), who fights against the broken education system in Washington D.C., and helps to enact the Opportunity Scholarship Program.
The plot of the movie is centered around Virginia’s struggles as a single mother trying to secure a better future for her son, who is stuck in an underperforming school where he struggles every day. She takes matters into her own hands and embarks on a journey that soon turns into a full-blown crusade to change things for not only her child but also other children like him.
Uzo Aduba’s portrayal of Virginia Walden Ford was nothing short of brilliant. She brings energy, passion, and vulnerability to this character that makes us root for her from beginning till end. Her performance is complemented by an exceptional supporting cast that includes Niles Fitch, Vanessa Williams, Aunjanue Ellis, Amirah Vann among others who shine with their respective characters in the film.
The direction by R.J.Daniel Hanna was impeccable as he manages to keep pace with the tension while highlighting not only Virginia’s grit but also all those she ends up inspiring on her way. The score also deserves special mention as it adds another layer of emotion to this already poignant story.
Cinematography wise there are some visually stunning scenes especially when they show aerial views of Washington D.C which gives viewers an insight into how different parts are segregated based on economic status.
In terms of production design, it captures perfectly the harsh realities facing underprivileged communities in America while special effects were appropriately used when necessary such as during riot scenes which add intensity without feeling gimmicky or overdone.
The dialog was snappy and real while editing kept pace with storytelling without dragging at any point throughout its runtime
Overall Miss Virginia leaves everyone with a sense of hope and optimism that things can be changed if we all come together to fight for a common cause. It’s an excellent movie with a message that deserves to be heard by audiences worldwide.
Release : 2019-10-18
Genre : Drama
Runtime : 102
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Company : Moving Picture Institute
Cast : Uzo Aduba as Virginia Walden, Matthew Modine as Congressman Cliff Williams, Niles Fitch as James Walden, Samantha Sloyan as Mrs. Watson, Vanessa Williams as Sally Rae
Miss Virginia | Official Trailer (HD) | Vertical Entertainment official trailer