“Denial” stars Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, and Andrew Scott. Released on September 30, 2016, the film is based on a true story about Deborah Lipstadt, a historian who must prove that the Holocaust happened after being accused of libel by a Holocaust denier.
The film is directed by Mick Jackson, who also directed films such as L.A. Story, The Bodyguard, Volcano, and Temple Grandin. It is based on the book, “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier”, by Deborah E. Lipstadt. There were plenty of events that didn’t quite catch my eye in terms of word of mouth, so the best way for me to know about these events is with the power of film (or the Internet, whichever’s more suitable). The film’s concept is what got me into seeing it. The way the marketing shows the fact that the author, David Irving, denied the existence of the Holocaust was pretty surprising to me, but how well does it translate to the film’s final cut?
Very impressive performances, including Weisz and Spall.
A couple of slow moments.
The story wasn’t as strong nor memorable as the event it’s based on, but it was interesting nonetheless.
Final thoughts: There’s no denying the fact that “Denial” is a well-acted, dialogue-driven drama that fell short on stronger storytelling, but provides enough evidence to warrant a suitable look. I wouldn’t say it’s for everybody, however, because it’s one of those films that reflects on history through dialogue, and if you aren’t into history that much, you might not get into this film as much as those who are. If you’re interested in seeing it because of the cast, then I believe you will enjoy Weisz’s portrayal as Lipstadt.
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