Review: Set in Northern France, Aisne, 1918. A group of British officers await their fate and are led by the young officer Stanhope.
Director: Saul Dibb
Actors: Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany, Toby Jones, Asa Butterfield, Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge, Robert Glenister, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Miles Jupp, Oliver Dimsdale, Jake Curran, Andy Gathergood, Alais Lawson
Genre: Drama and War
This is a British film adaptation of the play Journey’s End by R. C. Sherriff. Apparently this work has been filmed numerous times before. As much as I enjoyed this film I don’t think it is his best directorial work. His previous work has included The Duchess (2008) and also Suite Francaise (2014). I do know people who have said that this film is really boring and didn’t find the film moving but I found myself enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. The ensemble cast were all fantastic. Great to see Paul Bettany in a film and also for Sam Claflin to take on the main role. When Paul Bettany was off the screen I found myself really missing him he made such a big impact. I love Toby Jones but didn’t think he had enough to work with which I thought was a shame. I did feel like I was with the actors experiencing the whole thing together. It all felt so real to me. As the film went on you could almost feel the tension between all the other British officers. The musical score was very good and this also helped bring out the tension even more. I do think that this is a film that you have to see on a big screen in order to get the full impact. I found the whole film moving, engaging and very harrowing.