Great courtroom drama closely based on a true story
- Denial review by CW
I love a good story, a drama based on real events. David Irving, the Nazi sympathiser “historian” took the American university lecturer and author Deborah Lipstadt to court because of comments she had made in her book about Holocaust deniers. She called him a liar. The movie is a co production of US and UK and because much of the law and trial procedure are so different, time was devoted to explain the law to US viewers. The movie takes you to Auschwitz so that the barrister played by Tom Wilkinson can do research to build the defense. Rachel Weisz does an excellent job playing against type to capture the brilliant but abrupt and feisty NY author. Timothy Spall as David Irving creates the vile hateful self righteous Holocaust denier who delights in speaking to rabid neo Nazi crowds. In a time when sadly and bewilderingly there are still fascists, , Holocaust deniers and anti Semites, this is an important movie. I gave it 5 stars because it is a movie that made me think and is educational plus I loved that the true story is that the judge found in favour of Deborah Lipstadt.
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Disappointing, plodding court room drama
- Denial review by PV
I expected to enjoy this movie but found it disappointing and, frankly, annoying.
For a start, the constant moaning about the British legal system was unnecessary.
Timothy Spall gives a cartoon impression of David Irving. The most interesting character is the barrister played by Tom Wilkinson.
Don't think much really of Rachael W in the main role and lots of twaddle re Boudicca.
I knew the story anyway - yet my belief in freedom of speech makes me always side with anyone ever expressing a view.
So, passable but 2 stars.
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Good subject, unamazing drama
- Denial review by MB
This should have been really good - a fine cast, a controversial real-life story to draw upon and of course the weight of the subject matter behind it. But it isn't, and DENIAL falls into the same bracket as SCHINDLER'S LIST as praised for being about the Holocaust than being a riveting drama. It establishes David Irving as the 'villain' quite early and then never adds any nuance to his character, albeit he's a good grandfather. It then proceeds to break him down over the course of the film, deservedly so no doubt and yet just inviting the audience to boo and hiss alongside the virtuous legal team assembled on the side of Deborah Lipstadt. The overriding sense is one of laziness, coasting, trading on the fact it's a Holocaust drama, and that's it. The talent involved deserved a lot better. Still, Tom Wilkinson is good and Timothy Spall can do this stuff in his sleep and still be compelling.
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