Thursday, December 18, 2008
Valkyrie doesn't soar
"Valkyrie" has been one of the most discussed movies over the last couple of years, and not just relating to star Tom Cruise's up-and-down fortunes among the chattering masses. Word has been out that the production has been troubled, with delays in its release and reshoots to fix the problems.
You can never totally count on such talk -- "Jaws" and "Titanic" both had famously troubled shoots, yet resulted in terrific, huge hits. But more often than not, such movies don't turn out so great.
"Valkyrie" will end up in the latter category, although it's certainly not a bad film. There's plenty of tension as Cruise, playing a noble German army officer, leads an attempt to assassinate Hitler.
You'll have to wait until next week for me to link the full review. (In case you were wondering about this practice, studios get very testy when reviews are published prior to a film's release.)