Run time: 122 mins
Elizabeth Banks is outstanding in this timely examination of women’s abortion rights.
Living amidst the trials and tribulations of 1960s America, Joy spends her days as a dedicated housewife content with her existence. A sudden pregnancy seems like another milestone moment in her life, but she quickly learns that the birth could potentially kill her. With nowhere else to go, Joy soon finds herself embedded in an underground abortion operation.
Joy’s dynamic personality comes to life through Banks’ underrated on-screen talents. She commands the screen with authority, shining an affectionate light onscreen as Joy gradually becomes a supportive activist. Director Phyllis Nagy guides her story with deep sensitivity. Her patient storytelling approach thoughtfully embeds viewers in Joy’s shoes, showcasing a woman shattering out of her housewife existence in favour of a grander purpose. Charismatic performances from Sigourney Weaver, Wunmi Mosaku, and Kate Mara help round off a robust supporting cast.
Following the US Supreme Court’s overturning of federal abortion rights in America earlier this year, topically it seems like there couldn’t be better time to release this. A provocative, engrossing drama that effectively sounds the alarm on a now all-too-relevant issue.