With a sprawling ensemble cast, a juicy WWI setting, and based off an acclaimed memoir, “Testament Of Youth” has all the right things going for it. But sometimes these sorts of movies can almost be so perfectly calibrated that the life gets sucked out of them. However, that’s not the case with this picture. In our review out of the BFI London Film Festival, we called it a “beautifully observed” picture that paints a mosaic “of grief, loss and even anger at the absolute waste of an insane, inhuman conflict, and all without showing a single bullet fired.” And a new full-length trailer for “Testament Of Youth” is here.
Directed by James Kent (“Margaret” and “The Thirteenth Tale“), and starring Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Joanna Scanlan, Hayley Atwell, Jonathan Bailey, Alexandra Roach and Anna Chancellor, the film tells the story of a young woman who looks to buck the convention of the age by attending Oxford, but finds her life altered when both her fiancé and brother enter the war. And yes, while this looks like a standard drama hitting all the right beats we’d expect from this story, Vikander’s performance and Kent’s touch are the reasons this one is elevated to the next level.
“Testament Of Youth” opens in the UK on January 16th. No stateside date just yet. Watch below.