Film hits some comedic highs while portraying 1920s’ life

Wicked Little Letters is simple and straightforward story, but its charm really sells it.

Based on a true story, it recounts how in the 1920s, the residents of the English town of Littlehampton start receiving obscene and defamatory letters and Irish immigrant Rose is accused of the crime.

Rose is played by Jessie Buckley, who does a fantastic job of playing the humorous role.

Academy award-winner Olivia Colman plays Rose’s accuser Edith Swan, whose intolerable home life with her father, played by Timothy Spall, proved the most interesting part of the film.

While not quite the laugh-out-loud comedy implied by the film’s trailer, it still managed to hit some comedic highs and the slapstick humour managed to get some laughs out of me.

However, it may not be for everyone, as there is a fair bit of vulgar language.

Before seeing the film I had read some mixed reviews, so I kept an open mind. I agreed to some extent with the comments that history is a little distorted with inaccuracies of characters and roles, but I feel it is justified as this is a movie and not a documentary.

Ultimately it does a decent portrayal of the treatment of women by men of the 1920s, including the police and the justice system.

It is not a particularly deep film, but it is entertaining and I recommend a viewing.