Review: Military Wives

the Military Wives singing

Military Wives is an English film streaming on Hulu. It tells the true story of a group of military wives who form a choir while their soldiers are deployed to Afghanistan.

Military Wives stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan as Kate and Lisa. They are exact opposites.

Kristin Scott Thomas in Military Wives

Kate is the colonel’s wife, a proper Englishwoman of refinement. She should leave the women’s group activities to Lisa, who actually has been assigned the job. But Lisa is not up to par in Kate’s mind and she meddles far more than she should.

Sharon Horgan in Military Wives

Lisa has talent, but no training. She’s free wheeling and loose about planning and execution. Somehow between the two of them bickering and shoving each other out of the way, a choir forms and songs start to sound good.

Most of the women are of normal ability as singers. They can carry a tune (most of them can). As a group, however, they bring the power of community and togetherness to their efforts.

Then they notice Jess (Gaby French), an undiscovered gem with a gorgeous voice. Ah, a soloist.

When they are invited to sing in public, they create their own song. It received so much attention, as did the choir, that since then over 7500 choirs of military wives have formed all around the world.

The story is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. It’s a tearjerker for sure. Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan were perfect at their very different parts.

There were many characters in this story, but I must mention Frankie (India Ria Amarteifio), Lisa’s teen daughter. I found India Ria Amarteifio impressive and talented and look forward to seeing her in other things. She’s been in numerous English productions, including Sex Education and Line of Duty.

I’d be thrilled if you pinned this poster on Pinterest.

Poster for Military Wives

Take a gander at the trailer.

Are you in the mood for a good tearjerker? Try this one.

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