The Chaperone (2019)
Critic Consensus: The Chaperone is inspired by a potentially interesting real-life story, but loses its sharpest and timeliest angles in the telling.
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If "The Chaperone" accomplishes anything, that will be to send viewers scrambling to Google to learn more about this extraordinary woman.
I'm not an Elizabeth McGovern completist, but it may be the best thing she's ever done.
"The Chaperone" is like telling the Tiger Woods story by choosing to focus on his first caddy. Sure, it's a way in, but unless that caddy has a really good story, what are we doing here?
Norma's story, as handmaid to greatness, inevitably ends up feeling like we've explored a pleasant tributary, rather than the mainstream.
Between the speakeasies, the orphanages, the sexual energy, and the general air of corset-loosening, the movie should throb and thrum. It doesn't.
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