Last night we watched Glorious 39, which I had recorded on the 14th of August, but we’d never actually watched. I remember seeing a BBC interview about the movie with David Tennant & thought it sounded like a brilliant movie, so I set it to record on V+. Roll forward a few days, then weeks, then months & it just didn’t seem like a movie we would really watch (in fairness, the Virgin description does the movie no favours) & I almost deleted it a couple times.
Boy, I am glad we didn’t! If you haven’t seen it – try to! If you don’t know what it’s about, well, here’s a bit of the storyline:
Anne Keyes is the eldest (adopted) daughter of Sir Alexander Keyes, MP (played by Bill Nighy), and influential member of the British Parliament. It’s 1939 & Britain is under the rule of, who has embarked on a plan of appeasement with Germany in an attempt to stop the war happening before it started. Anne stumbles across recordings of meetings of the pro-appeasement movement & soon after her life begins to fall apart. While trying to discover the meaning of these recordings, dark secrets are revealed, which lead to the death of a great friend. Eventually, Anne discovers the truth and flees to London to try confirming her suspicions, but she is caught and imprisoned, and only then does she finally begin to discover how badly (and by whom) she has been betrayed.
I have to say – this was such a fantastic movie! Full of suspense (my OH kept exclaiming about what a creepy, tense, scary movie it was!). It was all of that & more. It was creepy, full of tension & scary that any of this is true (which while it was a fictionalization, there really was an appeasement movement & some allege that things like this (and worse) really did happen all in the name of keeping Britain out of the war.
The acting was brilliant, the scenery stunning – all in all a fantastic movie!