Film Review: Denial

Mick Jackson’s Denial is a courtroom drama that offers a good script and superb performances from its leads.

Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah Lipstadt has just published her latest book, on the subject of Holocaust denial. Infamous Holocaust denier David Irving decides to bring a libel case against her in the UK courts. It is up to Deborah and her team to prove that the Holocaust happened…

Despite the action taking place seventeen years ago, Denial feels like a very contemporary film. Following the real life libel case brought by David Irving against Deborah Lipstadt, the issues which arise (the contention of truth, and alternative fact) feel very pertinent. Moreover, the antagonist bears some hallmarks of today’s malefactors.

The narrative focuses on the lead up to the lawsuit, and subsequent court case which occurred in 2000. The first section of the film sets the scene with ease, introducing the main players in a succinct manner. There is the necessary exposition, with the unfamiliarity of British law explained to both Deborah and the audience. The screenplay, by David Hare, excels in painting its characters in an authentic light. Deborah’s interaction, and indeed the friction in her law team, seems realistic. Moreover, as the film progresses, director Mick Jackson impresses both the importance of the case, and the impact it has on the main characters.

Denial delivers great performances from its two leads. Rachel Weisz is very convincing as Lipstadt, and delivers the emotional aspect of her character exceptionally well. Spall is fantastic as Irving, offering a compelling performance. Tom Wilkinson provides able support as Richard Rampton.

As much as it delves slightly into the horrors of the Holocaust, the film keeps the attention on the libel case. It is a better film for this; Denial concentrates instead on the importance of truth, and the consequences of alternative facts being given credence.

Denial is out on DVD on Monday 5th June 2017.

Previews: Denial trailer, Hacksaw Ridge and More!

Plenty of trailers, images, and features this week, including the Denial trailer, Hacksaw Ridge, Wonder Woman and more…

Denial Trailer

Here is the new Denial trailer. The film is based on the legal battle over Holocaust denial. Rachel Weisz plays Deborah E. Lipstadt who is accused of libel by David Irving (Timothy Spall). Also starring Tom Wilkinson, Denial is set for release on 27th January 2017.

Fences Poster

Fences Quad Poster

Here is the latest poster for Denzel Washington’s Fences. Washington directs and stars in the film, based on August Wilson’s play. Wilson also writes the screenplay for the film. Also starring Viola Davis, Fences is out in UK cinemas in early 2017.

Hacksaw Ridge Clip

This is a clip from the upcoming Hacksaw Ridge. Directed by Mel Gibson, the film is based on the true story of Desmond Doss, who saved many soldiers without firing a weapon in a World War II battle. Starring Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, and Teresa Palmer, Hacksaw Ridge will be released on 27th January 2017.

Darkest Hour Image

Darkest Hour Image

The first image from Darkest Hour is striking to say the least. Gary Oldman has form as a chameleon, and proves his transformation skills once again playing Winston Churchill. Director Joe Wright’s film is about the tense time the former British Prime Minister faces trying to negotiate a peace treaty with Nazi Germany. Darkest Hour is scheduled for release on 29th December 2017.

The LEGO Batman Movie Trailer

A spin-off from the wonderful The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie focuses on one of the best characters from the original film. This trailer reveals more about the plot, as well as the range of franchise characters we can expect. Featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes, and Michael Cera, The LEGO Batman Movie will hit UK screens on 10th February 2017.

Passengers Poster

Passengers Poster

Here is the latest poster for Passengers. Starring America’s current sweethearts Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, the film is about to passengers on a spacecraft transporting them to a different planet. Also starring Michael Sheen and Laurence Fishburne, Passengers is out in UK cinemas on 21st December 2016.

Wonder Woman Trailer

The second trailer for Wonder Woman reveals more about the narrative and the main characters. Set during World War II, the film tells the story behind the photograph seen in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Connie Nielsen, Wonder Woman hits UK screens on 2nd June 2017.

Sully: Miracle on the Hudson Poster

Sully Poster

Sully: Miracle on the Hudson tells the story of the pilot who landed a passenger plane on the Hudson River. The film, directed by Clint Eastwood, focuses on the heroic act and the investigation that followed. Sully: Miracle on the Hudson jets onto UK screens on 2nd December 2016.