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ValkyrieOkay, I was torn about going to see this movie. Although the supporting cast looked fabulous, I don’t normally like movies like this. And Tom Cruise stars in it, and I really am not a fan. But, as The Spirit is no longer playing in theatres near me, and as a friend and I wanted to see a movie this weekend, this was the only movie that looked good and looked like a movie-you-need-to-see-in-the-theatre movie.

I think most people know what this movie is about – during WWII, there were numerous attempts to assassinate Hitler. This movie is about the last attempt. That’s all, really.

Overall, I have to say that I was impressed. It wasn’t a bad movie. The acting was first-rate – the cast… WELL. There were so many familiar faces in it that I spent a good time trying to figure out where I had seen a lot of those actors before. Highlights of the cast: Bill Nighy is a brilliant actor no matter what role he takes on. Kenneth Branagh is fabulous. Jamie Parker! Jamie Parker! Every time he was on screen, I will completely admit that I had an urge to watch History Boys again. Even Tom Cruise wasn’t as annoying as I normally find him. It was … a little … unsettling.

The score for the movie was beautiful. John Ottman, the composer, has done a lot of stuff for other movies I’ve enjoyed (X2 and Superman Returns particularly), and I’ve always been impressed with his music. There are a couple of songs that I definitely want to get my hands on – especially They’ll Remember You. Ack! Gorgeous!!

So it wasn’t bad. It felt a little slow and dragging in the middle, but other than that it wasn’t bad. Would I see it again? No. Would I listen to the score? Heck yes! Has this movie changed my opinion of Tom Cruise? Not in the slightest. But it wasn’t a bad way to spend an evening.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:30 am January 11, 2009.
Category: Movie Reviews