Finally someone does something new with this story that has been humped dry the last 50 years. I loved the way they slided from German to English in the beginning and the way that many parts (most?) are without dialogue. Tom Cruise does a good job, projecting that confidence and dicipline only a true Preussian offiver could have.
Valkyrie is sometimes thrilling, but it lacks the characters to make it stand out. It's a movie where people plan an assassination, and then execute the plan and watch the fallout occur. It's not particularly interesting, the performances were bland, and I can't say I had fun while watching it. This isn't an alternate universe that has a different ending to World War II, so if you know anything about that, you'll know how well their plan goes.
Though 'Valkyrie' makes the point within the first scene that German words are being translated for us through the 4th wall, I just don't buy that it's Nazi's I'm watching. Even with the constant Nazi symbolism in nearly every frame, I couldn't help but feel like I was watching a plot by the allies. Putting that aside, the film is thrilling and beautifully shot. Sadly, that brings me back to the confusion of the setting as it almost glorifies the Nazi regime. Well done, but hard to stay focused.
For such an intriguing story, Singer does a terrible job of keeping you intrigued. The story is fantastic, I mean, a plot to kill Hitler, and all based on truth, now thats a story. But i found this movie to be extremely sloppy and it tried way too hard to be epic. Stick to films like Downfall.
Some write Singer off, but the man has a distinct style and talent, and Valkyrie doesn't disappoint in delivering both. I see criticism such as "sloppy". This is perplexing, as I found the film to be construed quite competently. As the for the accents, well, gentlemen, I seem to recall an excellent film by the name of Paths of Glory which showcased the same thing. It's not a flaw for a film to abandon accents. If we really wanted realism they'd be speaking fluent German. Excellent film.
A common complaint about Valkyrie is the predictable ending, would these people prefer a fantasy finish where Hitler was killed?? The lack of German actors and English/American accents are also a cause for concern and although I found this odd at the start it does little to detract from the movie. This seemingly small event in history came so close to changing so much. Valkyie is a story worth telling which this film does more than adequately.
Tom Cruise plays the gentle Nazi in Valkyrie (2008). It's a movie about an assassination attempt on Hitler, and, yeah, the fact that you know they are going to fail makes it less suspenseful. Still pretty good. Cruise was good. Kenneth Branagh was awesome even though he disappeared for the last 75 minutes of the movie until the very end. I was told that people were annoyed by the fact that they nobody spoke with German accents, but that's fucking dumb.
It's been said that it can be boring because it's build like an adventure movie but you already know the end [ it fails, doh ] but the dialogue and the development it's captivating and the fact that is a true story makes it all better. Tom Cruise is very good too.