Why watch this film?
"Valkyrie" tells a true story: that of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, the man who attempted to kill none other than Adolf Hitler, seeking to take control of Germany during World War II. In the cinematic version, the German is played by Tom Cruise, in a star-studded cast that still includes names like Kenneth Branagh ("Dunkirk" and "Tenet"), Terence Stamp ("Last Night in Soho") and Bill Nighty ("Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest") - which puts American and British actors in the roles of important Nazi officers. The direction is by Bryan Singer, at the time famous for films such as the X-Men franchise and "Superman Returns" - from which he reuses much of his aesthetics, lending a superhero air to this period production. That's why the feature film leaves aside historical reconstruction (which would make a great thriller) and delivers an interesting popcorn entertainment. Unfortunately, Cruise fails to personify von Stauffenberg's aristocratic side, but he is successful in transforming the German resistance into a fun for a wider audience - showing that yes, there were those who tried to rise up against fascism and prevent more blood from being shed. For us to reflect, especially in the case of situations like this repeating themselves.
At the height of WWII, a group of German officers hatched a plot to assassinate Hitler and seize control of the military command in order to end the war. The operation was code-named "Valkyrie", for the emergency plan that was meant to be used in case of a revolt against the Nazi government. This plan had been modified by the conspirators to ensure their success, but for various reasons the plot failed when finally carried out on 20 July 1944. The conspirators of the inner circle were shot after a kangaroo trial or sentenced to death soon after. Starring Tom Cruise as the Colonel who was the main force behind the conspiracy, the distinguished cast also includes Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Terence Stamp and Eddie Izzard. Directed by Bryan Singer.
Where to watch?
Available at home