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Highly Overrated But Still Good
Best movie ever!
Simple and well acted, it has tension enough to knot the stomach.
To me, "Journey's End" is a far better film than the rating may lead one to believe. It's an intense war film with extremely realistic sets and clothing. The film puts you right into the trenches of WWI in way that I've never experienced before in a film. Adapted from a play, "Journey's End" takes place primarily right in the trenches and underground officer's quarters, with the characteristic lack of set changes that come with plays and films adapted from them. While the movies are nothing alike in any way, I was reminded of the classic film "Glengarry Glen Ross," as it was also adapted from a play. When a film is adapted from a play and done right, it gains a certain intensity that is sometimes lacking in standard films. This played perfectly into the WWI trench atmosphere - a constricted, confined, intense space. These sort of movies become character focused and the actors can really shine. Therein lies my only real critique of "Journey's End," in that I found some of the acting to be a bit uneven. I have nothing against Sam Clafin (Captain Stanhope), but he failed to carry this film, even though the story is ostensibly about him. The drinking in particular bothered me - the character drank whiskey like it was water but came across as too sober and clear-eyed for it to be believable. But overall, "Journey's End" is a compelling look at a war that perhaps doesn't get the attention it deserves. Maybe it was so horrible, we'd just rather forget all about it, but therein lies the danger.
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film 4 stars out of 5, calling it "expertly cast and really well acted: forthright, powerful, heartfelt."
I cannot agree more with that. Journey's End is a powerful depiction of what all bleakness, rudeness, booze, pain, suffering, trauma, shock, death, blood, vomit, sweat and mud are all about - they are all elements of brutal, merciless, sad, sick, dirty, even filthy, muddy, very crual and very shocking war.
WWI is never forgotten due to such awesome yet deeply tragic movies, so this one does its job well. A stellar cast of Asa Butterfield - Second Lieutenant Raleigh, Sam Claflin - Captain Stanhope, Paul Bettany - Lieutenant Osborne, Tom Sturridge - Second Lieutenant Hibbert, Toby Jones - Private Mason, Stephen Graham - Second Lieutenant Trotter, Robert Glenister - The Colonel - among others - is a huge asset here, as all these very British actors show how unberable and awful war was.
This deep, thick, fat, gurgling mud is omnipresent here, and this is the very symbol of that war - trenches, death, poor food, poor health, shock, traumas, alcoholism, endless waiting, and then - sudden, bleeding, vomiting war.
The movie is a must, but be warned - this is a very depressing one
I like war movies so was particularly looking forward to this ww1 trench warfare epic however it is very, very boring.Essentially the story is centred around a young company commander who has previously been awarded the MC for some act of bravery that we don´t anything about, he spends his days just trying to get through it by drinking and obviously has minor to moderate PTSD.That´s it, nothing else really happens, he gets angry with his younger officers then he is nice to them again and then it is back to drinking and facing his demons.You can safely give this one a miss.
Greetings again from the darkness. R.C. Sheriff wrote this 1928 play based on his experience as a British Army officer in WWI. The play's successful two year run led to a 1930 big screen adaptation directed by James Whale and starring Colin Clive - two legends of cinema who also collaborated on FRANKENSTEIN and BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Now, exactly 100 years after "the Spring Offensive", director Saul Dibb (THE DUCHESS, 2008) delivers screenwriter Simon Reade's version of Sheriff's story and a tribute to those who served in the Great War.It's the Spring of 1918 and a stalemate in the trenches of Northern France has occurred during the fourth year of the war. Fresh from training, a baby-faced Lieutenant named Raleigh (Asa Butterfield, HUGO) is assigned to a front line unit whose commanding officer is his former school mate, Captain Stanhope (Sam Claffin, THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY). The others in the unit include Trotter (Stephen Graham), who eats and talks incessantly to mask his anxiety; Hibbert (Tom Sturridge), who suffers from shell-shock; Mason (Toby Jones), the cook who brings subtle comedy relief: and Osborne (Paul Bettany), the heart and soul of the team.Slowly cracking under the untenable pressure is Captain Stanhope. His coping method involves a problem with whiskey which drives his raging temper. That temper masks a not-so-obvious commitment to his men ... men who walk on eggshells around him. Most of the movie takes place in the dugout over 6 days, and though the soldiers spend much time in a holding pattern, the battle sequences involve an ill-planned surprise attack on a nearby German hold, and of course, the famous battle that kicks off the Spring Offensive - a 3 month run that cost the lives of more than 700,000 from both sides.With military orders such as "hold them off for as long as you can", this is no romanticizing of war. Bravery and courage in the face of likely death are balanced with overwhelming human emotions. Confusion and disorientation abound as bombs explode in an environment that offers no place to hide or escape. The war ended later that year on November 11, and trench warfare would never again be the predominant strategy.