Glorious 39 (2009)
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as Anne Keyes
as Sir Alexander Keyes
as Aunt Elizabeth
as Ralph Keyes
as Celia Keyes
as Walter Page
Critic Reviews for Glorious 39
Stupendous turn from Romola Garai in the lead role but, while this sets up intrigue and atmosphere well, the plot devices creak audibly towards the end.
A political yarn - sometimes creepy, sometimes daft - in the Hitchcockian vein.
For all its sumptuous production design, Steven Poliakoff's tale of glamorous toffs and treason is so laboured and slow that it's practically pensionable.
A bizarrely tasteless pet-euthanasia subplot -- clumsy parallels with the Holocaust abound -- is merely the wackiest turn the wildly unconvincing script takes: it's well below Poliakoff's more intelligent TV work.
Audience Reviews for Glorious 39
Odd movie. I didn't really understand what the point of it all was..
A woman uncovers a conspiracy involving her adopting family during the start of the Second World War. It's always fun to watch Bill Nighy do anything; I'd probably pay to see a film of him reading the phone book, but even Nighy can't save this film. The plot is quite predictable, and some of the conflicts remind me of my complaints about A Room with a View - banal, upperclass issues made into plot points. Also, Romola Garai does not make for a convincing thriller protagonist. She doesn't seem clever enough to figure out the film's plot, and the moments when the film forces her to "be suspenseful" fail because she doesn't seem to raise the stakes of her performance. Overall, a bad performance by the lead combines to create a film that makes no sense as a thriller.
This movie demonstrates the lengths some will go in the name of "what's best" for the country (whatever that country may be). Well acted but the pace is way too slow! The end was such a large dose of cheese, I feel to could constipate many!
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