So this is where I have to confess that one of my guilty pleasures is Tom Cruise. Can’t explain it, know that in many ways he’s a bit odd, can see that he often smiles in a way that doesn’t quite reach his eyes, but still, there we are, there’s just something about him that I enjoy watching. Really started with his playing of the Vampire Lestat and has carried on from there.

Sits interestingly with the Donny Osmond thing, dontcha think?

Anyway, Valkyrie is your standard well-written, well-acted WWII movie with high production values and most of the British male acting fraternity thrown in for good measure. It’s based on the true story of the plot to kill Hitler and although we know that it won’t end well, it’s a remarkably interesting and for the most part exciting film.

Things loved = the Cruiser himself, looking cool in an eyepatch (though I’m not sure that’s what he was aiming for); Kenneth Branagh (not on the screen long enough); everything else I said above; oh and Eddie Izzard.

Things disliked = Kenneth Branagh wasn’t on the screen long enough (might have mentioned that already – when will we give that man a knighthood??)

Rating stuff = 12 (Contains moderate violence and one use of strong language)

Tissue count = end quite moving when you have to watch what happens to the conspirators, otherwise not required

Safety cushion = not required

This is well done if a bit stately; would recommend either Downfall or Conspiracy as better films, but this is still worth watching.

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