By Ryan Parsons | Image property of United Artists
After quite a few shifts in release for Valkyrie, the film's time has finally come. We've been alerted to two official reviews for the film that don't agree with the early negative buzz, but also aren't willing to call the Bryan Singer thriller excellent either.
Below are snippets from two reviews to surface online for Valkyrie. After everything this film's gone through, they seem to fall in line with my expectations.
After a long takeoff, "Valkyrie" finally takes flight as a thriller in its second half but never soars very high. Bryan Singer's long-awaited account of the near-miss assassination of Adolf Hitler by a ring of rebel German army officers on July 20, 1944, has visual splendor galore, but is a cold work lacking in the requisite tension and suspense. This second production from Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner at United Artists will do better than the first, "Lions for Lambs," but is a decidedly odd choice for Christmas Day release, and looks destined for just so-so commercial returns.
After keeping "Valkyrie" under wraps for months and moving its release date four times, MGM has finally pulled back the curtains on its Tom Cruise historical thriller to reveal a coolly efficient, entertaining and straightforward tale about the last of 15 known assassination attempts against Adolf Hitler.
Working against the known outcome of this plot, director Bryan Singer -- reunited with his "The Usual Suspects" screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie and his writing partner Nathan Alexander -- manages to maintain suspense and involvement in the unfolding conspiracy.
Not only do I not
understand UA's choice of releasing this film on Christmas, but they have put it up against The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; a film that should perform excellent during the holiday.
You can check out each review for Valkyrie by clicking the bold links above.