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Film Log: Glorious 39

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The guts of this film are a sort of Pelican Brief meets Miss Marple. Set in the world of a powerful and privileged English family at the start of World War II, it ticks all the boxes for fans of the period and works well as a thriller, with the protagonist descending into paranoia as she uncovers the conspiracy and her allies die around her. Along the way the film makes some touching points about the effect the war had on the English way of life.

The action in 1939 is framed with the story of a teenage boy visiting two of the minor characters in the present day, and here I felt let down, since it allows the story to pull its punches as a thriller and settle for a conclusion which had something to do with the nature of families but which to be honest went over my head. Still, we do get a happy ending, and all our questions are answered.

Romola Garai is excellent in the lead, conveying her increasing desperation without drifting into hysteria, and Bill Nighy is as watchable as ever. The rest of the cast offer solid performances but theis really is Garai and Nighy’s film.

Uncomfortable Plot Summary: Bereaved actress spends more time with family.

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