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1.0 out of 5 stars crass, 10 Feb 2010
This review is from: Passchendaele [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
I was told about this film during the summer. i was on a trip to the battlefields of the Western front with a mate. We visited Newfoundland park and Passchendaele and met a few Canadians. i was told what a great film it was and eagerly awaited the DVD release and Oh what a disappointment. i think this was just about the most pretentious, crass war film I have ever seen. The acting was risible, so much so i thought it was a comedy at first. the characters had no depth, it used stereotypes and the battle scenes were cartoonish. It was so obvious. The first half of the film was a boring waste of my time and the second half laugh out loud bad. take the shot of our hero walking alone down a plank road through the desolation of the wet Flanders plain. cue the director shouting "and action" and all of a sudden on walk the actors, hilarious. The final reel where our hero carries his girlfriends brothers body back on his crucifix a la Christ on the Via Dolorosa was so bad I cringed. "my men, my modern Christs, your bloody agony confronts the world" hardly, it was an insult to the brave Canadians who martyred themselves in Flanders. Don't watch this film, it is dreadful.
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Initial post: 4 Mar 2010 10:46:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Mar 2010 10:48:06 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2010 09:21:49 GMT
I'm rather put off this film when the positives in this comment finish with the sort of jingoistic claptrap that I thought the First World War had finally put paid to.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2010 20:57:40 GMT
Of course I was referring to the "acting" in this film, to the cinematography, the direction and the continuity. It was absolutely awful. of course no film can portray the reality of battle, (try poetry instead), but getting it historically accurate, and not asking the viewer to suspend disbelief entirely would be good. Welchman's response clearly proves he didn't read the review carefully, misunderstood the point entirely and knows zip about the subject. Instead of slagging off my review, why not write one of his own?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2010 20:59:24 GMT
Of course I was referring to the "acting" in this film, to the cinematography, the direction and the continuity. It was absolutely awful. of course no film can portray the reality of battle, (try poetry instead), but getting it historically accurate, and not asking the viewer to suspend disbelief entirely would be good. Welchman's response clearly proves he didn't read the review carefully, misunderstood the point entirely and knows zip about the subject. Instead of slagging off my review, why not write one of his own?
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