Becky and I went to see the new Tom Cruise film Valkyrie the other day at the Kerasotes theater in Castle Rock, CO with our friends Rod and Kimberly Tactaquin. The Fandango website at Valkyrie describes the movie as follows.
“A proud military man, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is a loyal officer who serves his country all the while hoping that someone will find a way to stop Hitler before Europe and Germany are destroyed. Realizing that time is running out, he decides that he must take action himself and joins the German resistance. Armed with a cunning strategy to use Hitler’s own emergency plan – known as Operation Valkyrie – these men plot to assassinate the dictator and overthrow his Nazi government from the inside….”
is a great movie if you are a history buff or if you have ever wondered why the German people or someone in the German military during World War II didn’t just kill Hitler when they found out that he was insane. This movie answers that question and shows the challenges of removing a Dictator from power once they have taken over the country, even if they are nuts.
The movie moves a bit slow, it’s definitely interesting, but as Rod pointed out after the film, it’s a great deal like the German version of the Alamo. You have to admire their mission that was impossible to pull off, but unfortunately they didn’t have much of a chance going into their mission. The problem for them is that they really believed that they had a fool proof plan and in the end they gave their lives for the right reasons.
Becky thought the movie was one that you should wait to hit the rental rack. I think that Rod agreed with her and Kimberly and I liked it more than they did, but we would probably all agree that it wasn’t a feel good movie to pay $10 to see at the box office. That’s four reviews for this movie review, so you’re best bet is to probably wait to see this movie when it comes out on DVD. We’re getting a bit tougher since the cost of movies continues to skyrocket while the economy is going in the other direction.
John – ** Rental
Becky – ** Rental
Rod – ** Rental
Kimberly – ** Rental
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