Movies From the Hat 7 – #52 – Troy’s Pick – Testament of Youth (2014)


This is my 3997th Review

Thanks to Troy of  The Review Club for this recommendation.

He suggested that I watch a film starring Alicia Vikander.

“They’ll want to forget you. They’ll want me to forget. But I can’t. I won’t. This is my promise to you now. All of you. ” – Vera

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Apr 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young women growing up during the dark days of the outbreak of WWI tries to find a way to emotionally make it through the war while still feeling a longing to contribute on the home front.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew absolutely nothing about when I chose it and was pleasantly surprised at how engaging it was.

This film does a great job of showing us a viewpoint of war not usually shown and we get to see how war can affect someone emotionally even at such a young age.

WE get to see how prominent the ideals of patriotic duty are first of foremost on the minds of the youth of the days.

We all know what war can do to people, but the innocents shown here constantly wish to move forward despite the dangerous direction that they are moving towards.

The cats is great and Alicia Vikander shows how great a lead actress she can be when given such rich material.

Her character evolves and develops so well over the course of the story that in some ways it’s difficult to recognize that her character at the beginning and her character at the end are still the same person.

This is a film that chooses to show the realities of war and doesn’t glorify it in any way and it does a great job at that.

Bottom Line – Gives a great viewpoint of how war can affect someone even when they are quite young. The patriotic duty of the young characters shine through despite the fact that they move forth in dangerous directions in order to accomplish those duties. The cast is great and Vikander shines in the lead because we can see how much her character evolves and develops over the course of the story.  This isn’t a film that tries to show the glories of war but rather the realities of it from a perspective not usually shown which helps make this story quite unique in all that it does. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – To get the extras to act urgently and emotionally in the train station where Vera and Roland stay their goodbyes, director James Kent blasted loud house music from large speakers. The initial juxtaposition was so jarring that Kit Harington nearly peed himself with laughter. (From IMDB)

Rating –  Globe Worthy (7/10)

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