Best movie of this year hands down!
To me, this movie is perfection.
There are moments in this movie where the great movie it could've been peek out... They're fleeting, here, but they're worth savoring, and they happen often enough to make it worth your while.
Great story, amazing characters, superb action, enthralling cinematography. Yes, this is something I am glad I spent money on.
The Exception is a decent thriller about a British spy in the middle of German-occupied Holland. It's not horrible, and we didn't hate it.
However, when you watch a movie like this, you get the perception that the Germans were a fine group of men with warm hearts.
Brant disobeys orders more that he follows them. Like in many other movies where we are supposed to root for the cliched "good Nazi." It's not original any more.
In real life, the Kaiser was a major instigator in WW1, but here he's just a sympathetic old man who did nothing wrong. The colonel who runs the Kaiser's household? Yet another Nazi who not only helps the enemy, but he helps a traitor (Brant) to help the enemy. You find out that a staff member is secretly Jewish? No problem, I can ignore my orders because you slept with me.
Let's say you already suspect the maid is a spy. You know she has a gun because you smell the oil. You know she has secret meetings in town because you follow her daily. You know she is hiding the fact that she's Jewish. You know she has military training because she knows all about nazi medals and military ranks. All of these obvious clues, and yet you can't put 2+2 together?
If only the real Germans had so many clueless and nice guys during WW2.
Since World War Two was still being fought there have been a plethora of films about the subject, covering almost every side of every angle. Thus to justify another in 2017 the bar must be set high, and while The Exception might be a reasonable way to while away a Sunday afternoon it's debatable as to whether it does enough to justify its existence.Based on the novel The Kaiser's Last Kiss, The Exception focuses on disgraced Untersturmführer Martin Krebbs (Jai Courtney), being sent from the front lines after a confrontation with fellow SS officers in Poland. He is ordered to guard the exiled former Kaiser of Germany (Christopher Plummer), who now resides in the Netherlands. As Krebbs begins a relationship with a maid at the Kaiser's home (Lily James) there is talk of a British spy in the town, as well as German plans to restore the Kaiser to the throne.I'm unsure of the film title, as The Kaiser's Last Kiss feels much more evocative. This relates to my overall problems with the film, as it was often hard to feel sufficiently invested in proceedings. The lack of explosive confrontation and finality relating to the Kaiser himself doesn't justify a meandering build-up. Krebbs and the maid feels more like a tryst of convenience, not the explosive passion that would justify their increasingly erratic actions.This relationship of the officer and the servant girl is as old as time, and reminded me strongly of the 2014 film Suite Française. Coupled with a standard aloof Gestapo agent and the hunt for a spy the whole drama was often formulaic.This is a British cast playing German or Dutch characters, yet some actors have tried on clipped Queen's English, or Allo Allo attempts at German accents, or English with a Dutch lilt. It's so uneven as to be at times hilarious.Accents aside, the performances are a mixed bag. Jai Courtney brings his thumping ordinariness to the British prestige picture, and it would have been preferable to have had an actor who could really delve into the moral maze that Krebbs has found himself in. Lily James drinks up the screen both clothed or otherwise, and any issues with her performance are more to do with a somewhat underwritten character. The film does not shy away from the virulent anti-Semitism that leaves the Nazis so scarred in the Western consciousness. It is an achievement of Plummer to both inspire sympathy as an elderly man the world has passed by, and revulsion as a naive peddler of ugly conspiracy theories. The absolute standout scene of the film features a dinner party with the Kaiser and Himmler (a memorable Eddie Marsan), reminding all of the horrors committed by those who took this nonsense seriously.The whole thing has a sound production design, though the casting left me no doubt in my mind that for all the swastikas and uniforms this was a peculiarly British film. A German language production could have added a level of legitimacy, and a plot with more twists and turns could have led to a greater investment in the Kaiser's last days.christophermarchant.wordpress.com
Much like most of the people who will watch this movie, it caught my eye simply because of my obsession with films based around the war, and this time in history.This film is not very historically accurate, so if that is important to you, you better stay away. HOWEVER if you do don't much care for historical accuracy, and you are looking for a Nazi War Film with superb acting, then this is DEFINITELY the film for you! The Acting, wardrobe, and cinematography were all excellent in this movie!(7/10) - The only reason i am giving this movie a 7/10 is because this movie is somewhat predicable, as is the case for most "Romantic Movies", but it is still an amazing story that i would recommend anyone to watch!
What movie mogul said that if you want to send a message, contact Western Union? Regardless, this small-scale movie--while chafing at the bit of plausibility-manages to work owing to the fine cast, laconic dialogue, and beautiful, understated art direction. But back to the "message." Without it, this would be a mediocre film, but with it, it is something of a parable. What's the message? I'll let you figure it out. Christopher Plummer is wonderful, and the casting in general is superb--it's evident the director worked on finding complementary and contradictory characters whose roles and personalities are extended by their appearance, stature, and clothing--making it quite apparent that a theater director created this film.