Denial

2016

Action / Biography / Drama / History

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Rachel Weisz as Deborah Lipstadt
Andrew Scott as Anthony Julius
Tom Wilkinson as Richard Rampton
Timothy Spall as David Irving
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by E Wright 1 / 10

Dishonest portrayal of main protagonist

I consider myself fairly open minded. Having actually watched David Irving give a presentation (courtesy of Youtube) I can tell you that the real man is articulate, deadpan humorous, not given to outbursts, and reasonably photogenic. I found it difficult to get past the very biased and untruthful portrayal of his personality and demeanor (no matter what his views) in the opening scenes where he is shown as a football hooligan type ugly man with a ratchet no less, which he twirls every time he says something. It never got any better.

I'm not going to get into the subject matter itself, because it is a criminal offence to hold contrary views in many jurisdictions. But why did the 'point of view' leave the delousing room just as the professor started to ask some penetrating questions? Was there a dispute about this during filming?

Reviewed by ReganRebecca 5 / 10

A boring approach to a very interesting subject

What is it about court cases that TV always gets so right and movies always get so wrong? Denial, a film about an exceptional British libel case in which defendant Deborah Lipstadt had to prove the Holocaust, somehow manages to strip the integrity and interest off of this very exceptional case and make it dry as dust and dull, feeling like more like a TV show, though I've seen many hour long procedural that have managed to stir up more emotion in me.

We first meet Deborah (Rachel Weisz sporting a red wig and a loud queens accent), in the early 90s. She's a professor who lectures on the holocaust and she reserves particular venom for holocaust deniers, who she loudly and proudly proclaims she will never debate as she refuses to debate facts, and that the holocaust happened is irrefutable for her.

Deborah is quite happy with the work she does, but David Irving (Timothy Spall, appropriately slimy), is outraged that she has singled out him in particular. Well, it's more of a faux outrage. He uses her to gain publicity, gate-crashing one of her lectures to scream the holocaust never happened and eventually, worming his way into "debating" her, by suing her UK publisher for libel. The twist here is that in British courts, unlike in the U.S., it is the defendant who must prove what they said was true, rather than the plaintiff proving what they sad was false. Deborah is at first flabbergasted, but then heartened as she realizes that settling is not an option and that it is possible that she can prove that Irving is a bigot, not a proper historian once and for all.

The problem is the script which has Deborah lashing out repeatedly at her own legal team for not respecting the survivors and the history repeatedly, even though they tell her repeatedly that to try to "prove" the holocaust happened would be arguing on Irving's terms. Instead they argue that Irving is a bigot, falsely manipulating facts to prove his own theories. Deborah flies in the face of her legal team multiple times, but this has the effect of making her look stupid and arrogant as she fights their very reasonable advice. I also got the impression that the film was trying to make a point about reasoned approaches being important instead of impassioned ones, but it is also very clear that the members of Deborah's legal team care just as much about holocaust survivors and are just as disgusted by Irving but are approaching it a different way and Deborah is making it difficult for them to do their jobs. In their own restrained ways they are just as impassioned about the work they are doing and this really has the effect of making Deborah look silly.

The other thing is that the kind of slow-working case that the defence put on (the trial lasted for over a month), isn't very cinematic. Watching the movie I felt how much I wanted to read Lipstadt's book when this was all over. a movie simply doesn't have the time a book does to really reach into the details of the case and the "highlights" and "victories" seldom feel very cinematic though I'm sure they felt dramatic and wonderful in real life.

I will say that the acting was solid. The three lead actors Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall don't put in career best work, but they are all solid performers and turn in good performances. They are the saving grace in a movie which takes an emotional subject and somehow makes it dull.

Reviewed by Larry Silverstein 7 / 10

Complex & Cerebral Drama

This is a complex and cerebral drama, so I would say if you're looking for an escape flick or are bored easily you may want to avoid this one. The filmmakers, director Mick Jackson and writer David Hare, seemingly are purposely trying to avoid dramatic gimmickry, instead asking us to use our brain cells and think.

The film, based on a true story, focuses on the libel suit brought by Holocaust denier David Irving vs.Emory Professor Deborah Lipstadt and her publisher Penguin Books. In the subsequent trial, held in London's High Court, it will be up to Lipstadt and her attorneys, to prove that she did not defame Irving in her book "Denying the Holocaust". One thing is for sure, I certainly learned quite a bit regarding the differences between English and American law.

There's a superb all-star cast here, which includes Rachel Weisz,Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, and Andrew Scott. I thought Spall was terrific as Irving, and Wilkinson also stood out as Lipstadt's in court attorney Richard Rampton.

Overall, although this movie is not for everyone and it does have some rough edges, I still found it quite interesting and would recommend it to those viewers that feel like getting into a cerebral drama on occasion.

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