Saturday, 26 September 2015

Testament of Youth

UK Release Date: 16th January 2015

A British woman recalls coming of age during World War I - a story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times (

Director: James Kent

Starring: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Edgerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Miranda Richardson

Testament of Youth is a worldwide best-selling autobiography by Vera Brittain, played by Alicia Vikander in this film adaption. It's her account of her life during World War I. There's a melancholy vibe floating through the air; Vera, her family and friends are on tenterhooks, knowing the inevitable war will change everyone's lives. ToY shows that all those left behind were effected as well. Vikander is phenomenal. She single-handedly expresses the terror bestowed on the world, giving up her passion to study and becoming a nurse instead. Vera sees just as much horror as the troops sent away. Her brother (Edgerton), close friend (Morgan) and new love (Kit Harington) end up on the frontline. Vikander and Harington's relationship is the weak point, never given the chance to flourish. It doesn't have the effect on the audience that it should. Once Harrington's gone he's forgotten. The moment is Vikander's, the bleak story hers alone.


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