In a word:  Sleeper.

     This was a surprise. Based on other reviews and limited showings after release, we assumed this would be, at best, a fair movie, but worth taking a chance. The longer the film went on, the more engaging it became.

     Basically, it’s a story centered in England circa 1940, when the populous was subject to air raids by Nazi Germany. The central characters are writers hired on by movie producers to create a story that would convince the U.S. to get involved as an ally. 

     I’m amazed at some of the sets, how authentic they appeared and the horror of bombings of innocent people for doing virtually nothing to hurt or threaten anyone. Meanwhile, the main character, Catrin Cole (played by Gemma Arteton) is a woman who manages to get hired as one of the screenwriters for the new picture. This is one good actress who drives the story through various windows and plots earning the respect and sympathy of the viewer.

     Interesting, how we see the making of a movie in 1940, the sets, the props, actors, writers, director, as the subplot brings us to Dunkirk where one of the great slaughters occurred from Nazi airplanes in the early years of the great war.

     The movie provides deep emotion, romance, heartbreaks, family trials and tribulations, politics and, of course, true-to-life terror.

     Journeyman British actor, Bill Nighy, plays the aging actor who stars in the sub-movie as a sub-actor, also helping to train other actors and get the movie into production.

     Most of these actors are not well known to American viewers, thus the low budget, and likely, very little exposure in the American marketplace. But it should be available as mainstream in all theaters, especially considering some of the sub-par films being released these days.

     Good drama. Good acting. Compelling story with many facets, easy to follow. Relatively clean, with minimal bad language and no graphic sexual content. 

     I give it a 8 ½ out of 10.

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  1. Chris May 8, 2017 at 9:05 am #

    Thanks…been beginning to watch more, and will put this on the list.

  2. Charlie May 8, 2017 at 9:10 am #

    Sounds like my kind of movie, Marshall.
    Always liked war movies my favorite one being The Bridges at Toko Re. That movie had one of the best closing lines in any movie I ever saw when the carrier captain in his cabin after the death of a recalled from retirement pilot who took out the bridges in the title said “Where do we find such men”

  3. Eileen May 8, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

    I agree with you re Gemma Arteton. As usual, I loved Bill Nighy. However, I hated the ending.

  4. Ron & Lynda Pearce May 11, 2017 at 4:28 pm #

    Frank, we are movie people and this was a surprise to us as well. Like you said, the further you got in the movie, the more you became engaged in it. Not crazy about the ending but, they brought the story back around and we thought it was fitting.

  5. Clearstory May 17, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

    Love WWII movies.