The Dressmaker movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Revenge is the main theme, death is an accompanying theme, but The Dressmaker is just okay. It’s a decent slow-burner starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth.


A glamorous dressmaker returns to her small hometown in Australia. Armed with her sewing machine, she exacts revenge on the people who wronged her in the past.

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Movie details

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse
Cast: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook
Writer: Jocelyn Moorhouse, P. J. Hogan
Release Date (Australia): 1 October 2015
Runtime: 118 minutes/1h 58m
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Australia
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film contains themes of death and references to murder. A woman confronts several people and a man drugs a woman before raping her.

Violence (M)

The film contains a scene in which a woman stabs a man and an accompanying large blood is depicted.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains infrequent use of the word “f**k”, in addition to uses of the words “bastard” and “slut”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains mild drug references.

Sex (PG)

There is a visual sex reference in which a man and a woman attempt to engage in sexual intercourse.

mpaa rating

R (for brief language and a scene of violence)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The Dressmaker actually does quite well with working through compelling cases, but that’s saved until after all the overextended storytelling. This Australian comedy-drama is definitely likeable and engaging, but it just does terribly with something extremely important: pacing.

Kate Winslet is definitely the shining star of this film. Her performance is fairly strong, thankfully without moving towards a ridiculous state. Liam Hemsworth also does well as the accompanying male lead. He and the other characters aren’t instantly forgettable. However, this boring tale doesn’t deserve such talents… but it’s the splendid performances that contribute to saving what could’ve been a total failure.

If you’ve been drawn to this film by its appearance as each a funny, twisted and vengeful plot, there’s a chance you might enjoy it. Although it’s difficult to identify the film as decently funny, the revenge element is enthusiastic. But The Dressmaker needs the knowledge of how to end in a fine place. It’s takes some of its ideas way too overlong or unusually.

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