The Forgotten Battle

Movie review by John Sooja, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Incredible, sad, brutal retelling of crucial WWII battle.

NR 2021 127 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 15+

British aspect fails drastically

I really wanted to like this film but they tried far too hard to make this a grity dark film that it ended up being completely unrealistic. They made the elite British paras out to be incompetent cowads who gave up and abandoned their own men. This made my uncle who was in the paras so angry he had to leave the room at which point we stopped watching it. I heard the battle at the end was also complete bollocks but I'll be honest I didn't make it that far.
age 14+

Pretty poor

There are aspects of the film which are engaging. I thought the choice of British actors was poor though. They are supposed to be elite paratroopers yet one of them looks like he has spent most of the war raiding the local bakers. Even if attached to three parachutes, he would still have left a mighty crater in the ground on impact. The rest don’t seem to have the upper body strength to hold their rifles properly. The dialogue between them is very cliche and the acting isn’t exceptional either. After about an hour I had to stop watching which is a shame as I felt the Dutch and German aspect of the film was reasonably interesting. The cinematography in general was very respectable and the location was spot on. Just a pity for me that whoever was in charge of casting let the side down.

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