Suffragette follows the story of a woman named Maud (Carey Mulligan). She's in the lower class and married to a man named Sonny (Ben Whishaw). She overworks at a factory with an abusive boss and barely gets enough money to support her child. So, she takes a stand. Maud, who has never been verbal about the injustices towards women, joins a group of suffragettes, led by the mysterious Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), who is constantly in hiding. Maud, along with the rest of the suffragettes, begins to rebel against the government, attempting to give woman more rights. To do this, they decide to use actions, rather than words, and they're heard, the government sending out officers, led by Inspector Arthur Steed (Brendan Gleeson), to put a stop to the whole thing.
Leading the film is Cary Mulligan, who is contractually obligated to only be in period films for the rest of her life apparently. Suffragette is far from her best movie, that belongs to either Inside Llewyn Davis or Drive, but her performance here is great. It's an ideal role for her and maybe that's why she does such a great job, but whatever the reasoning is, she's excellent. Her performance is emotional and uplifting, brimming with life and giving depth to this character.
In terms of plot, there's not a lot of it. It's a film severely lacking in story, the film a series of tragic events followed by a series of uplifting ones and then once again followed by a series of tragic ones. The aim of the film is to show the hard times that women went through, but there's no actual plot. That would work well as a theme, yes, but not the overall plot. It feels more like a biographical book than anything, and that's far from a compliment. Plus, the ending? Yeah, there isn't one. This film didn't end. It just faded to white. I guess that's what happens when you forget to give your movie a plot.