While the commonly accepted knowledge is that January in the movie world’s dumping ground, there are some strong counter-arguments for that. This Friday, celebrated auteur Michael Mann unveils “Blackhat” (read our review and check out The 10 Best Performances In The Films Of Michael Mann), and also arriving in U.K. cinemas is “Testament Of Youth.” If you’re near a theater screening the flick, we urge you to check it out, and if not, we’ve got ten minutes worth clips to show you what the World War I drama delivers.
Starring a stellar cast, including Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Dominic West, Miranda Richardson, and more, the film is adaptation of Vera Brittain‘s memoir, chronicling her decision to hold off attending Oxford in order to participate in the war effort after he fiancé and brother head into battle. It’s a movie that, while not breaking any genre tropes, works very, very well, with our BFI London Film Festival review noting the pictures adds up “to a sort of mosaic of grief, loss and even anger at the absolute waste of an insane, inhuman conflict, and all without showing a single bullet fired.”
No word yet on a stateside release date for the movie, but we’ll keep an eye out. For now, check out the clips below.