Things are quiet now at the Manor, since most of the family have
gone. We had a lovely holiday week, including all of us going to see
the film Valkyrie, a historical thriller set in WWII Nazi Germany.
Directed by the talented Bryan Singer, the film stars Tom Cruise,
not exactly one of my favorite actors, who is not convincing in the
role, but is surrounded by a stellar cast. It depicts the July 20, 1944
plot of German army officers to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Cruise,
looking fabulous in uniform, portrays the leader of the plot, Colonel
Claus von Stauffenberg and looks amazingly like him. Even though
I knew the outcome of the plot, I was still on the edge of my seat
throughout the film. The costumes, and the hairstyles, two things
I am especially critical of, were spot on. And we were all very
amused that a glass eye, just like the one I have, was featured
throughout the film. Despite Cruise's acting being the weak spot in
this movie, the Manor Clan still gave it two thumbs up.
The cast of Valkyri, from left to right:
Kevin McNally, Christian Berkel, Bill Nighy, Tom Cruise,
Terrence Stamp, David Schofield and Kenneth Branagh.