Film Review – Wicked Little Letters

Film Review – Wicked Little Letters

Wicked Little Letters is crude, a bit crass, and certainly nothing to write home about. It’s such a shame because the underlying story is a story worthy of the spotlight. I just wish it had a better script.

Wicked Little Letters is set in the 1920s and inspired by real events. It tells the story of Edith Swan (Olivia Colman). A spinster who lives at home with her parents, a meek mother, and an overbearing father who starts to receive poison pen letters full of profanity. The Irish next door neighbour, Rose Gooding (Jessie Buckley) is suspected of sending them. She is arrested but the letters do not stop. It is down to the brilliant detective work of police Officer Gladys Moss (Anjana Vasan) that the truth is finally revealed.

The attention to detail is excellent. Olivia Colman is good.  However, it is both Jessie Buckley as the wrongly accused party, and Anjana Vasan as the much maligned and discriminated against police officer who provides the emotional depth to this film.

Once the novelty of hearing constant profanity wears off, the script and structural flaws of the storytelling become evident. There’s a lot of social commentary about feminism and female emancipation and the scenes that focus on those are the strongest. Wicked Little Letters would have been better suited as a drama with comic moments.  The farce elements are so over the top that these become cringe worthy.

Wicked Little Letters is released in cinemas across the UK on Friday 23 February.

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