Tuesday 7 April 2009

Valkyrie / Operation Walküre [Movie review]

This a review of the movie Valkyrie (further details on IMDB, Cinemagia), which I've finally watched last Thursday.
(review published by Liviu on Liviu's [Personal] Blog)

I liked it. I think it's a good movie: the actors play well, the action flows fluently, the environment looks like the 1940s and so on. I do not remember anything about the soundtrack, though.

One can find throughout the movie some good scenes with quite a lot of tension: Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg persuades Hitler to sign the revised Valkyrie document; Colonel Stauffenberg and his assistant assemble the bomb, watch it blow up and then leave the meeting place etc.

Overall, however for me as a fan of politics the movie does not provide enough tension. I expected more. For example, once Stauffenberg returns to the headquarters and takes charge of the operation, I expected the action to become much more alert/intense.

The movie is incredibly well balanced and done with respect to history. By Hollywood's style of making history movies, i.e. adding useless drama and turning crucial moments in history into soap opera due to the lack of knowledge/understanding of history by scriptwriters, I was afraid this movie would mourn the organizers of the operation, throw curses on Hitler, tell again the same story of genocide and so on. I must say again it's incredibly well balanced. It's great that it's actually focused on the Valkyrie operation. Yes, it may appear obvious for most of the public, but it's odd for Hollywood. Congratulations to Hollywood: they finally made a well balanced history movie!

Throughout the movie, the organizers of the operation show initiative, determination and ultimately courage when they face their own death; they act in the spirit of true military officers who have tried to best serve their country. The actors play very well this part.

I consider Valkyrie / [Operation ] Walküre to be a very good movie. It is worth watching. I recommend it. However, please be aware that it may be difficult to understand, just like Collateral, War of the Worlds or Lions for Lambs.

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