Miss Meadows (2014) is a English movie. Karen Leigh Hopkins has directed this movie. Katie Holmes,James Badge Dale,Callan Mulvey,Jean Smart are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2014. Miss Meadows (2014) is considered one of the best Comedy,Crime,Drama,Romance,Thriller movie in India and around the world.
Prim schoolteacher Miss Meadows (Katie Holmes) is not entirely what she appears. Well-mannered, sweet, and caring, yes, but underneath the candy-sweet exterior hides the soul of a vigilante, taking it upon herself to right the wrongs in this cruel world by whatever means necessary. Things get complicated, however, when Miss Meadows gets romantically entangled with the town sheriff (James Badge Dale) and her steadfast moral compass is thrown off, begging the question: "Who is the real Miss Meadows and what is she hiding?"
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I saw this at the Tribeca Film fest and I really liked it. Sure, the plot is clumsy at parts but it is all part of the fun. It's actually hard to describe this film since it has such a unique tone. Think Mary Poppins meets John Waters. It's funny, dark, campy, and it's very out there. I have to say my favorite thing in the film was Katie Holmes. This type of role you just do not expect from her and I hope she continues to do characters outside of her comfort zone because she certainly has the chops to bring them to justice. This is the best performance I've seen from her. the movie got a very generous applaud at the screening I attended at the festival but I don't think this will be a mainstream hit. I think it will eventually find its audience though. I wouldn't be surprised if in the future it joins the list of most respected transgressive cult films.
I read a couple of negative reviews and I can only conclude that this is one of those times when people have simply different expectations (high or just different) and they are overall too surprised to enjoy the movie as it is. Some say Holmes plays too young character for her actual age, some say the film isn't funny enough, when it should be a dark comedy and some complain the story is too predictable. Main complaint however is that the storyline fails to develop enough to seem believable, and simply emerges to, quote, off-puttingly bizarre (review on holywoodreporter). I must disagree. This movie would not seem annoyingly odd, if you simply don't watch it with certain expectations, and this actually counts for almost any movie. Forget for a minute you're watching Tom Cruise's ex wife, forget that she's also a co-producer, and just let yourself enjoy the movie. Who says films should be "believable"?! You may treat this movie as a fairy tale and you'll get overwhelmingly fascinated by the tap-dancing, the hairstyle and the costume design in it. You also may be surprised you actually like Holmes' acting. She plays a woman living in a fantasy world, who starts slowly meeting the reality - but who says she should meet the reality all the way through? She abandons her fairy-tale world for a while, just to fix the things that are too odd, but what's nicely surprising is she doesn't abandon it completely. I would say she plays some sort of an everyday super hero, because she fearlessly helps and saves people in need, but she's is depicted without the clichés for a superhero character, and the film is weird enough, in a nice way, to make us think of this without putting it too obvious. Another reason to watch this movie is Brenda Abbandandolo's costume design. Miss Meadows' clothes, combined with her hairstyles and maybe the makeup, are the things that make this movie so enjoyable. For any fashion lover, this is a reason alone to watch it. Scenography is also nice, but Katie Holmes in a elegant high waist skirt wearing white gloves and tap-dancing shoes, with cute hair strands and big eyes, this is something completely overwhelmingly cute and sure a reason to love at least a little the film. Her well-illustrated character will make you like the rest of the cast's look - Sheriff's intentionally balding hair, bad guy's evil looking face and his character's overall look - the hair and the dog on a leash. At last, I suggest if you suspect that you have developed any kind of high expectations for this film, simply skip it. Watch it only without prejudice, and you will enjoy Katie Holmes acting, and Miss Meadows' clothing and hairstyles.
A tap dancing vigilante may seem an impossible idea to turn into a comprehensible script but somehow Karen Leigh Hopkins makes it work. The opening sequence of the film makes it clear that Miss Meadows (Holmes) is no ordinary school teacher cum vigilante, with victim number one clocked very early after the title sequence. Holmes does a great job of making Miss Meadows seem the epitome of eccentricity, with, apparently, carefully created, precisely drawn and meticulously manicured manners, even at the point of the kill. Throughout the plot are moments of blissful dialogue intertwined with pauses, telling looks, and, it has to be said, the incongruous, but it does hang together if you stick with it. There are continuity blunders in more than one scene, and occasional poor editing, but these do not stop the film from being surprisingly engrossing. The acting is rather good too, especially from James Badge Dale (the Sheriff) and Ava Kolker (Heather). There are memorable scenes like dancing to an unseen and unheard accordion in a field which make this film a little like an old fashioned fairy tale or a fable, but the message is totally adult in content, and should leave you thoughtful by the end. A film like few others which is going to be underrated and under exposed. It is better than it will score on places like 1Mbd.
Katie Holmes is absolute perfection and so absorbed in the role she becomes the character. Miss Meadows makes you question how far you would go to protect innocence if you knew you could prevent it from being taken. A character movie that grabs your emotions and convictions satisfying to the last second of film. This is by far her best role in anything and hopefully will get her well deserved recognition as a character actress. Brilliantly directed and executed, Miss Meadows will share it's deserved place in cinema history as a film that stands out on it's own and delivers a message we should never forget. For those of you that love gripping vengeance films this one redefines the rules of engagement. Superior film making.
The publicity of Miss Meadows suggested a female revenge film, in the style of the exploitation cinema, but the reality ended up being less violent and more... artistic? I'm not sure. Instead of emulating films such as Ms. 45 and Thriller: A Cruel Picture, Miss Meadows has more stylistic and thematic similarities with Heathers, sharing an idealized suburban fairytale aesthetic, with characters and situations which are intentionally exaggerated in order to transcend the reality and escape the logic of a thriller. From the first seconds, director and screenwriter Karen Leigh Hopkins establishes this stylized atmosphere, portraying miss Meadows as an innocent girl/woman with clothes evoking the '50s, dancing tap while walking over the streets and talking to squirrels, birds and deers who accompany her. Katie Holmes' performance evokes enough conviction and intensity in order for us to take a vigilante woman whose doubtful mentality doesn't cloud her pure intentions seriously (in this regard, I have to point out the fact that the comparison of Heathers is limited to the visual style and narrative tone, and not to the general quality of the film). The movie God Bless America offered us a more cynical and extreme version of the "suburban vigilante", vicariously fulfilling the fantasies of justice and revenge many people undoubtedly harbor. Miss Meadows takes a similar road, but it's more focused on the main character's twisted psychology, leaving the murders as peripheral details which are necessary to the story, but without exploiting violence as a simple bloody spectacle. This attitude increments the suspense and re-directs our attention to the frequent contradiction between "law" and "justice": What's better for society: limiting itself to punish the guilty ones, or preventing the crimes through more "pro- active" methods? In conclusion, Miss Meadows isn't a great film, and some details of the screenplay feel kinda forced, but I found it quite interesting, and I recommend it mainly because of its solid performances and good emotional endorsement. And besides, this film reminds us of Holmes' talent: her private life darkened her career for a long time, and I wish we keep seeing her in more interesting projects which take advantage of her as an actress, and not as a celebrity.