Stylistically and visually, it's a very formulaic film, but the subject matter was fascinating and Timothy Spall gave an insane performance. Just listen to his work on the real David Irving's voice and you'll see the mark of a great actor.
A fairly solid script by David Hare, adapting Deborah Lipstadt's book, and committed performances by the lead cast barely compensate for the film's lackluster direction. Subject matter this powerful deserved a more worthy vehicle. Weisz, Spall and Wilkinson all give memorable turns here.
Very deserving of a biopic - absolutely gripping. One of the most toxic ideologies in contemporary society is holocaust denial. The fact that Irving attempted to libel Lipstadt is unconscionable. When someone of high intellect persuasively defends a blatant falsity, and whose career is defined by expertise in denying one of history's worst genocides, it can only be motivated by an anti-Semitic, pro-fascist agenda.
It's perfectly competent, and even a little gratifying, in a TV-movie way. The performances are good and Hare's screenplay concisely dramatises what might, for general audiences, be a very complicated tale. No surprises and occasionally a bit arch but it can't be faulted for its effectiveness.
it's ok, seems rather neutered. Felt like it could have been done better, which is never a good way to leave a movie feeling. The historiography was barely touched on and when it was, irving's interpretation of why bodies were gassed, it was exhilarating. Andrew Scott is very good, look forward to seeing him in more things