Hubs and I had a date night last Wednesday evening and after watching an episode of The Black Adder while we ate, we settled on watching Valkyrie. I wasn’t overly keen as I didn’t really know much about it and it sounded like a movie I’d have to think about while watching it. But it turned out to be a great film.

I actually kept forgetting that I was watching Tom Cruise, (who I’m not entirely hating right now) Eddie Izzard, (I knew I knew him but didn’t recognise him without the outrageous clothes and make up!) the old drunk musician, Billy Mack, (“Don’t buy drugs kids. Become a rockstar and you get them for freeeee”) aka Bill Nighy from Love Actually, and the old, straight guy from The Full Monty. I think this suggests some kind of success and achievement in a movie – for the story to be so engaging, that you forget you’re watching one of the most highly-paid actors in Hollywood.

I got so caught up in the story and became immersed in the characters’ lives. Although I knew how it was going to end (well, how it wasn’t going to end) it kept me in suspense the whole time. And I do love a movie based on (however loosely) a true story. I was also concerned that it would focus on the grotesque nature of war, but it didn’t have to – the story was good enough on it’s own, that it didn’t need that shock value.

I’d give it 4 stars out of 5 and highly recommend it.


  1. Hee hee! Actually, we don’t really do that very often as we don’t have a TV – only a data projector (that doesn’t pick up TV reception). Plus we eat most of our meals in the College Dining Hall. It’s only on Date Night that we stray from our usual routine. I gotta say though, I can’t WAIT to move out of College and back into the real world!!!

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