There are several types of films but I like to break them down into two categories. Films that entertain us, and films that educate us. This morning I finished watching one that falls into the second category, a film that everyone should watch and a film that hopefully everyone will watch.
“One of my Top 10 films of the year” – Stuart, FromPage2Screen
Testament Of Youth.
A BBC Films/Lionsgate/Heyday Films Production
Whilst the film is directed by James Kent, this true life story was lived by Vera Brittain (Born in 1893) and this film takes us into her life between 1914 and 1918 before The Great War (World War I) broke out. Whilst the film starts off showing a Vera that we might not take to, we soon become attached to her and see some of the tragedy of a world war through her eyes, and that of her family and friends. By the end of the film we feel as close to having taken a journey with her as its possible to feel from watching a cinematic film, and this film is beautifully cinematic, reminding me of some of the great British films such as The English Patient, and Atonment with its stunning camerawork, sweeping landscapes and that one thing which can be rare in films nowadays. Real authentic and emotional acting.
With a supporting cast of talent such as Kit Harrington (Spooks:The Greater Good, Game Of Thrones), Miranda Richardson (The Crying Game, Made In Dagenham), Taron Egerton (Legend, Kingsman:The Secret Service), Testament of Youth is just pure classic filmmaking and reminds me just how great UK films can be when given the scope needed. Whilst Testament of Youth might not be the type of film everyone likes, it should be. There is absolutely nothing about this film that I had an issue with. Although be warned, by the end of it, you will need to take a walk in the fresh air to appreciate life and just take a deep intake of air. Before taking a moment to think about women like Vera Brittain and those men who lost their lives in not just World War 1, but any war.
Testament Of Youth is out from Monday May 25th on DVD and Blu Ray.
Testament of Youth is currently available on Digital Download