Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
The SWITCH team has checked out their top picks from the Perth Festival - click here to check out the reviews.x
review, Journey's End, Journey's, End, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield, Paul Bettany, Tom Sturridge, Toby Jones, Stephen Graham, Robert Glenister, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Miles Jupp, Oliver Dimsdale, Saul Dibb film rating

JOURNEY'S END

★★★★

A SOBERING, INTELLIGENT TALE OF FEAR AND BRAVERY

THEATRICAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Jake Watt
28th August 2018

‘Journey's End’ is a British film adaptation of the famed 1928 play of the same title by R. C. Sherriff, which originally starred Laurence Olivier. Written by Simon Reade and directed by Saul Dibb, this is the fifth film adaptation of the play, including ‘The Other Side’ (1931) and ‘Aces High’ (1976).

‘Journey's End’ tells the story of a company of soldiers who are posted in Saint-Quentin during World World I and follows the real-life events of Operation Michael. The story plays out almost entirely in the British trenches and officers' dugout over four days from the 18th March 1918 to 21st March 1918. A German attack is imminent and the men attempt to maintain a semblance of normalcy with their routines.

It mainly focuses on the relationship between newly-arrived Second Lieutenant Raleigh (Asa Butterfield, ‘Ender's Game’) and the hero from his schoolboy rugby days, the now leader of C-Company, Captain Dennis Stanhope (Sam Claflin, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’, ‘My Cousin Rachel’). When Raleigh arrives, however, he finds that Stanhope is no longer the same person he knew from school as the experiences of war have changed him.

'JOURNEY'S END' TRAILER

Elem Klimov’s ‘Come and See’ is the most stifling, uncomfortable and panic-inducing war film you are ever likely to watch. ‘Journey’s End’ is nowhere near that level of filmmaking, but the tension does become unbearable, especially during a “surprise daylight raid” on a German trench, as the soldiers crawl through a battlefield against their own survival instincts.

In terms of scale, this film is the anti-‘Dunkirk’. Far from Christopher Nolan’s widescreen action, director Saul Dibb and cinematographer Laurie Rose have created a sense of extreme confinement. This allows ‘Journey’s End’ to hone in on small character moments, like the paternal way Second Lieutenant Trotter (Stephen Graham, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’) tries to give Raleigh a few more hours to be a boy before his inevitable loss of innocence.

‘Journey’s End’ is all about strong actors relishing emotional dialogue, bristling their moustaches and manfully stiffening their upper lips. Like the soldiers manning the trench, there are no weak links in the performances. Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge (‘Mary Shelley’), and Toby Jones (‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’) are excellent. An always amazing Paul Bettany (‘Avengers: Infinity War’) as the weary, knowing Lieutenant Osborne is the highlight, with the biggest surprise coming from Sam Claflin as Captain Stanhope.

‘Journey’s End’ is all about strong actors relishing emotional dialogue, bristling their moustaches and manfully stiffening their upper lips. In terms of performances, there are no weak links.

Stanhope is the film’s most complex character. Plagued by the pressures and deaths caused by war and the impending attack by the Germans, Stanhope becomes an alcoholic who is irrational and highly volatile. Despite this, every morning he leaves the officer’s dugout and walks the trenches, greeting the soldiers with banter and a smile plastered on his face, inspiring the soldiers with his confidence and capability.

In contrast to Stanhope, who is buckling under the immense pressures of war, Bettany’s Osborne is a strong second-in-command for the officer and his company, reflected by his nickname, Uncle. Throughout a film rife with chaos, tension and uncertainty, Uncle, a former public school master, is a reminder that there is still humanity and decency left in the world. Osborne even defends Stanhope from criticism from his fellow officers, describing him as “the best company commander we've got”.

Finally, Asa Butterfield uses his gangly limbs, large eyes and expressive features to maximum effect as the idealistic Raleigh. In one scene, we watch his initial enthusiasm silently curdle into confusion and then dread as he prepares to run into a smoky battlefield to capture an enemy soldier.

‘Journey’s End’ isn’t an epic, guns-blazing war film. Instead, it’s a hard-hitting, timeless exploration of the psychological impact of fear and the struggle to remain brave, which benefits greatly from a talented cast, including career-best performances from Claflin and Bettany.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 08/11/2018
RUN TIME: 1h 47m
CAST: Sam Claflin
Asa Butterfield
Paul Bettany
Tom Sturridge
Toby Jones
Stephen Graham
Robert Glenister
Theo Barklem-Biggs
Miles Jupp
Oliver Dimsdale
DIRECTOR: Saul Dibb
WRITER: R.c. Sherriff
PRODUCERS: Guy De Beaujeu
Simon Reade
SCORE: Natalie Holt
JourneysEnd2017
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Gemini Man - Seeing double with Will Smith's action thriller
TRENDINGWIN GEMINI MANSeeing double with Will Smith's action thriller
The Keep - Michael Mann's cult gothic thriller hits DVD for the first time ever!
TRENDINGWIN THE KEEPMichael Mann's cult gothic thriller hits DVD for the first time ever!
Standing Up For Sunny - A comedy without the comedy but very sweet
TRENDINGSTANDING UP FOR SUNNYA comedy without the comedy but very sweet
God of the Piano - A tale that tickles the ivories
TRENDINGGOD OF THE PIANOA tale that tickles the ivories
A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood - Mr Rogers: healing the world one lost soul at a time
TRENDINGA BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOODMr Rogers: healing the world one lost soul at a time
Underwater - A solid subaquatic monster mash
TRENDINGUNDERWATERA solid subaquatic monster mash
Inseparable Bros - A heartwarming tale about disability and the power of friendship
TRENDINGINSEPARABLE BROSA heartwarming tale about disability and the power of friendship
Bangla - A truly beautiful mess
TRENDINGBANGLAA truly beautiful mess
The Violin Player - Sex and strings
TRENDINGTHE VIOLIN PLAYERSex and strings
Double Lover - Softcore pornography for cinephiles
TRENDINGDOUBLE LOVERSoftcore pornography for cinephiles
NT Live: Fleabag - The birth of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's masterwork
TRENDINGNT LIVE: FLEABAGThe birth of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's masterwork
1917 - Sam Mendes' personal war story
TRENDING1917Sam Mendes' personal war story
School of Seduction - Husband hunting in Russia
TRENDINGSCHOOL OF SEDUCTIONHusband hunting in Russia
Color Out of Space - A messy fusion of sci-fi, horror and comedy
TRENDINGCOLOR OUT OF SPACEA messy fusion of sci-fi, horror and comedy
The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale - An extremely silly zomedy
TRENDINGTHE ODD FAMILY: ZOMBIE ON SALEAn extremely silly zomedy
Portrait of a Lady on Fire - A perfect film on the language of desire
TRENDINGPORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIREA perfect film on the language of desire
The Wandering Chef - A delicious tale of human connection
TRENDINGTHE WANDERING CHEFA delicious tale of human connection
The Land Before Time - 30th anniversary of a breathtaking animated masterpiece
TRENDINGTHE LAND BEFORE TIME30th anniversary of a breathtaking animated masterpiece
A Guide to Second Date Sex - A quintessentially awkward British romantic comedy
TRENDINGA GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEXA quintessentially awkward British romantic comedy
Claire Darling - A French film fail
TRENDINGCLAIRE DARLINGA French film fail
© 2011 - 2020 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us