Benjamin Maio Mackay
Denial - 4 Stars
This compelling court-room drama evokes genuine anger.
Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.
Timothy Spall may lack physical resemble to Irving, but his superb performance compensates. He portrays a horrifically ignorant man and someone who seems genuinely oblivious to the emotions of other people. Irving is evil and Spall captures every nuance perfectly. Tom Wilkinson and Andrew Scott also give strong performances as Lipstadt’s legal team. Rachel Weisz is generally good, her accent seems to get weaker as the film goes on, but it is something one can easily get over.
There are certainly a few scenes that could’ve been cut, nonetheless I did feel engulfed and captivated in the story-telling. The cinematography was strong and the soundtrack wonderful.
Overall a movie that deserves to be watched, but certainly isn’t an “enjoyable night out!”
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of eOne Entertainment