CME – Movie #16 – A Christmas Truce

November 24, 2016

Tired of the usual Christmas nonsense. Seen too many bad movies the last few days… So I decided to go with this. A movie set during and just after World War 2. An Allied soldier and a Belgian girl fall in love and vow to meet the first Christmas Eve after the war is over.

Starring a guy who looks a bit like Bradley Cooper, and a woman who looks a bit like Kate Beckinsale!

The movie isn’t very Christmassy because… Well it’s World War 2. The lead German officer is played by what can only be described as Jason Statham’s older, angrier brother. As the movie continues though you start to really feel for the guy. Yes, a German officer.A testament to the actor.

This is basically a war movie. The plot. (Mentioned in the opening paragraph) is NOT the plot of this movie. It’s the ending of the movie. The plot is actually about a small town which has been re-occupied during the Battle of the Bulge. The love story evolves but with 90 minutes gone (of the two hours with ads) the description has not happened.

It’s not bad. Not much humour to be had, obviously, but it’s a refreshing change of genre.

Contains this year’s trope, which is “One Year Later”. This point is when the movie gets all warm and fuzzy.

A war movie is always going to have a hard time being festive, but there’s a weight and depth to the lead characters that ensure the inevitable finish is delightful.

Given some of the absolute garbage I’ve watched so far, I’m going to say this is worth watching.

3 out of 5 Jingle bells. It’s seriously skirting near a 4 as it’s good to be reminded how lucky we are (assuming you don’t live in a war zone currently).

2016 Christmas Movie Reviews List

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