MOVIE REVIEW: “Valkyrie” stars Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible, Edge of Tomorrow), Kenneth Branagh (Henry V, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein), Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I), Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, Michael Clayton), Carice van Houten (Black Book, Repo Men), Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong , Wanted), Terrence Stamp (Yes Man, Superman II), Eddie Izzard (Ocean’s Thirteen, The Riches), Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), Christian Berkel (The Experiment, Inglorious Basterds), and David Bamber (The Bourne Identity, The King’s Speech). It is directed by Brian Singer (House M.D., The Usual Suspects). This movie is based on a true story, revolving around renegade German officers in World War II who believe that Adolf Hitler (Bamber) is ruining Germany. They make a plan to kill him so that they can take over Berlin, making a truce with the Allies and thus ending the war. Their plan has a lot of risks though, and it will be a long, suspenseful journey to get their jobs done.
Let me do a little foreshadowing in the beginning of my review by stressing how good it feels to watch a good movie after two weeks of Burnt Popcorn movies. This is a very peculiar movie. I haven’t really seen a biographical movie based around World War II since “The Monuments Men” (unless Fury was biographical), but even that movie was just about getting stolen artwork. This movie was about taking down Hitler, which is a huge, grittier step up from that. What this movie is on its own is thrilling. The story captures my interest from start to finish. Yes there were break-aways where the dialogue got boring, but overall it held up. I really enjoyed how intense this movie was. It grabs you and takes you along a journey that makes you go crazy when they hit a snag in their plan. It was great. The acting was also spectacular with a fantastic cast, of which I knew few. Tom Cruise does his job yet again in a movie I like, yet again. There were also great action scenes even though there were few. And it surprises me because this is the first Tom Cruise movie where he doesn’t have a long running scene that I’ve seen! It felt empty without it, but with the character he plays and the plot he goes along with, it was understandable why it wouldn’t be put in. I also wanted to point out the setting. Even though it’s not that happy, I give props to setting such an eerie tone with great costumes, giving a great sense of the time that they are in. When it comes to cons, I mentioned one earlier. There are some patches of dialogue that are fillers, making it a little boring, but it’s only few places. The only other con I can think of would be how this movie felt short. The reason that comes to my mind was that after the intro, this movie took a little while to make ground and once it did, it got better and better. It had its hits and misses, but it definitely got better towards the ending and got more intense. It felt like it just got cut off short, but it is what it is. The ending was sad, but since it was based on a true story, there’s nothing you can really do about that. Overall, this movie is very entertaining and I recommend anyone who hasn’t seen it to check it out! FINAL SCORE: 87%= Juicy Popcorn
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