Thursday, June 11, 2009
Hitler in the Movies: Valkyrie (2008)
Do you remember that terrible Robin Hood movie with Kevin Costner in it? Remember how he didn't even try to have an English accent & just spoke with an American accent? But not just an American accent, but an unflavorful, boring tone of voice? Tom Cruise as a German is much worse than that. Tom Cruise starring in this movie is like replacing the burger in a hamburger with a sponge, not only does it not provide any flavor, but it soaks up all the ketchup & mustard leaving the burger dry, lifeless & unsatisfying. In addition to stupidly having Tom Cruise in it, Valkyrie suffers from the central problem of being based on a relatively uninteresting, uncomplicated story. Tom Cruise decided to make the movie due to some sort of youthful grudge he had against der Fuhrer & how he "always wanted to kill Hitler". All this said, Valkyrie is shot well, they seem to be using real airplanes, it matches up with the real story quite perfectly & the sets & costumes & vehicles are all fantastic. I would just watch Cross of Iron if looking for a good Nazi flick.