Friday, June 5, 2015

Testament of Youth (2014)

Director: James Kent. Cast: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson. 129 min. Rated PG-13. UK. Biography/Drama.

Real-life story of British author Vera Brittain, who loses her loved ones to World War I. The story goes on for too long, and becomes quite predictable at times (contains famous last words: "I'll marry you the next time I'm back from the front."). While it was refreshing to see newcomers Vikander (android in Ex Machina) and Harington (Jon Snow from 'Game of Thrones') in different roles, an ending speech on "killing-is-evil-no-matter-which-side-you're-on" was so tuned-in to our times, I became suspicious of its authenticity. Includes an homage to the famous Gone With the Wind wounded soldiers crane shot.

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