viewed better if you see this as an amusing midnight cult movie. tom cruise tries way too hard to come across as a sympathetic, honorable nazi. the film fails in overlooking the fact that these 'resistance' nazis basically agreed with hitler's racist ideology, but opposed his populism. i also don't understand why the film jumps back between nazis speaking (terrible) german to english with american/british accents.
There is one thing that I didn't like from VALKYRIE. Why all the characters talked in their natural accent instead of using the German accent? The good thing is it didn't bother me so much. VALKYRIE is a great re-telling of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg story about his attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Actually, I knew how VALKYRIE gonna end. It's still thrilled me tho. It's a prove that the suspense works well..
Now this is an interesting Tom Cruise movie based upon an intriguing true story about German officers that want to take down their own leader, Adolf Hitler, but since this is a Tom Cruise movie Tom wants the whole film to center around his character when it should have been an ensemble movie and he ends up too weak against the rest of the fantastic cast in the film.
The stiff and awkward performance that Cruise gives is not what's at fault here (indeed it is entirely appropriate for someone like Stauffenberg). The film's credibility however takes a serious hit from its uncritical and romanticized apologia (good aristocrat against bad nazis; erm...no.) and is only buoyed up, at least as entertainment, because it pulls no punches as a fast-paced political thriller.
Yet another moral vanity project for Hollywood, Singer & Cruise. Valkyrie enlists an incredible cast of English actors to play second fiddle to Cruise's frankly odd portrayal of how he thought Staffenberg should be played. Wooden is an understatement and the film falls somewhere between 'Allo 'Allo and Where Eagles Dare if R.W. Fassbinder were directing them - which is not a good thing. Boring. -D.
There's so much drama in the actual historical event and it's all washed away in this tepid effort where Tom Cruise spends most of his time taking out his glass eye and putting it back in and answering phones with a frightful look on his face. The earliest take on the attempted assassination of Hitler, Der 20. Juli, from the Fifties, is easily better. (Although I am not sure there are English subtitles for that one.)
Bello, nonostante qualche scelta non proprio azzeccata (tipo trasformare Cruise in un personaggio da fumetto che, nel contesto di un film storico di questo tipo, stona non poco). La tensione è ben costruita e la storia vera del colpo di stato è ben raccontata. *** e 1/2
Singer builds suspense masterfully; in places it felt very Hitchcockian to me. He makes the most of a talented cast, with eerie resemblances to the real life figures, and a stately, spectacle-free presentation. Not to mention, the story itself is just so fascinating and compelling that the flaws and contrivances (yes, British Nazis are at first distracting) don't add up to much.