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Polite Society - Review

I Am The Fury. 4.5 / 5

Released in UK Cinemas: 28th April 2023

Directed by Nida Manzoor.

Martial artist-in-training Ria Khan believes she must save her older sister Lena from her impending marriage.

An action-packed burst of energy, Polite Society embraces its passion for martial arts to elevate its mix of genres.

For her big screen debut, writer & director Nida Manzoor takes a story of sisterly love and weaves culture, personality and high-impact stunt work to create a uniquely refreshing experience. What could have been a pretty standard family wedding drama is taken to a new level with an over the top plot and obvious love for martial arts that helps bring a new and exciting voice to an otherwise repetitious cinematic landscape.

Priya Kansara shines as the furious lead with a strong supporting cast that all get involved in the action in their own way. There really are no small parts - Manzoor's empowering script makes sure that every character is necessary and gets their moment in the spotlight which not only produces memorable performances but also helps the film keep a steady pace.

I have a soft spot for British cinema, but it's easy to love when it keeps producing original stories like Polite Society. Bonus points for giving this the wide big screen release it deserves and not hiding it on streaming.

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