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Far exceeded my expectations!,
This review is from: Valkyrie [DVD] (DVD)
Given that this was made and released as a mainstream film with a big Hollywood name (Cruise) in the leading role, I had wrongly assumed that this would turn out to be another glitzy mis-recreation of an important historical event. How wrong I was! I was very pleasantly surprised with the treatment of the subject matter which was both sensitive and accurate: a rarity indeed!
Whoever has adapted this important historical event into a screenplay has done a tremendous job creating characters who are believably human (complete with flaws) whilst remaining faithful to the events. The cast is an excellent line-up of some of the best serious actors currently treading the boards and I was pleasantly surprised at just how much British talent is showcased here. It is obvious that a great deal of homework has been done and this could serve as a great lesson to other film-makers that you do not have to distort, invent or change the facts of history to make it entertaining (NB: U571, Pearl Harbour, Inglorious Basterds!).
I would recommend this film to anyone who has even a passing interest in WW2 or even viewers who simply enjoy a good tale well told.
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2011 14:51:00 GMT
For those interested in this event, there is also a really good docudrama out there, which I saw on the "Smithsonian Channel" on TV. Used real pics of von Stauffenberg and family, plus brief interviews w/ his surviving children. Actors played the "action scenes". If you can catch it sometime, watch it!
Posted on 18 Aug 2013 10:04:28 BDT
J. C. Stone says:
The much maligned Tom himself, was the man responsible for the sensitive and accurate portrayal. What a great great film.:)
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