Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
Joel interviews the MIFF team to find out what's in this year's program announcement! Click to listen to our special SWITCHCast ep now.x
review, The Aftermath, The, Aftermath, 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, Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke, Alexander Scheer, Fionn O'Shea, Frederick Preston, Joseph Arkley, Kate Phillips, Tom Bell, James Kent film rating

THE AFTERMATH

A SHALLOW WASTE OF TIME

THEATRICAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Jess Fenton
4th April 2019

One would think that World War II true stories well would never run dry - but here we are, faced with a completely fabricated story, a film based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Rhidian Brook. Oh dear. After seeing ‘The Aftermath’, I can only pray that after its release I hear a chorus of, “the book was better” - otherwise what the hell were they thinking!?

It’s winter, Hamburg, 1946. Rachael (Keira Knightley, ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’, ‘Colette’) arrives and is greeted awkwardly by her husband Lewis Morgan (Jason Clarke, ‘Pet Sematary’, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’), a Colonel in the British Forces sent to help clean up and rebuild the broken city. The British Forces have commandeered the luxurious home of a former architect, Stefan Lubert (Alexander Skarsgård, ‘War On Everyone’, TV's 'True Blood' and 'Big Little Lies'), for the Morgans to live in. The sympathetic Lewis has asked Stefan and his troubled teenage daughter Freda to stay on in the house, much to Rachel’s dismay, so long as they stick to their “zone”. With Lewis constantly away with work, Rachael and Stefan find themselves constantly crossing paths. Rachael’s very black-and-white view of the war and the Germans leads to poorly veiled contempt for her housemate, but soon urges take over as the pair find solace in each other, each dealing with their own grief, loss and loneliness.

'THE AFTERMATH' TRAILER 3

Beautiful people engaged in a love affair with a post WWII backdrop - shut up and take my money. However, with only one sex scene to speak of, this is for the prudish crowd. If far-off looks, gazing at each other through windows, and what passes as pensive moments staring at your own reflection in a mirror is what gets you weak at the knees, then this is the movie for you. I realise this review comes off as cavalier for a WWII film, but that’s because this movie is stupid. Embarrassing. Clichéd. I spent an inordinate amount of time pondering just how much of the shoot was dedicated to filming Keira Knightley walk from one spot in a room to another, and also wondering if the choice for her to constantly have her shoulders up by ears was hers or the director James Kent's? I actually had to stop myself from laughing many times, but I did watch the whole film with a stupid look on my face as if to say, “Is this for real?” My incredulousness came mostly from watching Knightley cry in a bath, and I kid you not, there is a scene where Keira stares at Alexander from a window while he chops wood! From that moment on, I was a goner. Please see below the imaginary interaction I envisioned between James Kent and a producer...

KENT: OK Alex that was great, now can we try a take with your shirt off?
PRODUCER: Um James, I don’t think that’s a good idea.
KENT: Why? He’s hot. Keira needs to lust after him.
PRODUCER: Ummmm... Sure, but you see, this movie is set during winter. See all the snow on the ground? I don’t think it’s practical for a man to be shirtless in this weather.
KENT: But chopping wood makes a man hot.
PRODUCER: Yeaaaaaah true but I just don’t think it makes someone that hot. It is literally 0 degrees out here.
KENT: But...
PRODUCER: James...
KENT: Alright fine! This is stupid, but fine.
PRODUCER: Good boy.

I realise this review come off as cavalier for a WWII film but that’s because this movie is stupid. Embarrassing. Cliche.

‘The Aftermath’ plays like a romance, only it’s not a romance. It plays like a sympathetic, tragedy post-WWII film, only there’s too much contrived romance for that to ring true. What a mess. Plus there's a secondary storyline involving the daughter which could have been lifted right out and no one would notice, as well as a weak story device involving Rachel’s friends and a colleague of Lewis’ where they’re shoved in whenever the film needed a boost or simply a break from all that wistful staring.

Look, there are so many incredible war films, and most of them are based on true stories, so why waste your time with this almost Harlequin wannabe disguised as a war tragedy?

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 18/04/2019
RUN TIME: 1h 48m
CAST: Keira Knightley
Alexander Skarsgård
Jason Clarke
Alexander Scheer
Fionn O'Shea
Frederick Preston
Joseph Arkley
Kate Phillips
Tom Bell
DIRECTOR: James Kent
WRITERS: Joe Shrapnel
Anna Waterhouse
Rhidian Brook
PRODUCER: Ridley Scott
SCORE: Martin Phipps
TheAftermathTheMovie
AftermathMovie
AftermathMovie
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Umbrella Home Entertainment Prize Pack - Get copies of Gunda, King Otto and Relic to enjoy at home!
TRENDINGWIN UMBRELLA HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRIZE PACKGet copies of Gunda, King Otto and Relic to enjoy at home!
Cosmic Sin - A film that delivers on the promise of its title
TRENDINGCOSMIC SINA film that delivers on the promise of its title
Pocahontas - 25 years later, the colours of the wind are fading
TRENDINGPOCAHONTAS25 years later, the colours of the wind are fading
Revisiting 'Dark City' 20 years later - The most underrated and influential sci-fi film ever?
TRENDINGREVISITING 'DARK CITY' 20 YEARS LATERThe most underrated and influential sci-fi film ever?
The Keeper - The true story of the Nazi goalkeeper and the English girl
TRENDINGTHE KEEPERThe true story of the Nazi goalkeeper and the English girl
Jungle Cruise - Sailing into a new Disney classic adventure
TRENDINGJUNGLE CRUISESailing into a new Disney classic adventure
The World at War - The landmark documentary series restored in high definition
TRENDINGTHE WORLD AT WARThe landmark documentary series restored in high definition
Suicide Squad - A woefully dull and incomprehensible mess
TRENDINGSUICIDE SQUADA woefully dull and incomprehensible mess
The Princess Diaries - 20 years since Genovia found its princess
TRENDINGTHE PRINCESS DIARIES20 years since Genovia found its princess
River's Edge - The kids aren't alright
TRENDINGRIVER'S EDGEThe kids aren't alright
Matilda - Revolting children for 25 years
TRENDINGMATILDARevolting children for 25 years
Golden Voices - Immigration struggles with amusing challenges
TRENDINGGOLDEN VOICESImmigration struggles with amusing challenges
Boxing Day Movies 2020 - The year's biggest films bursting onto cinema screens
TRENDINGBOXING DAY MOVIES 2020The year's biggest films bursting onto cinema screens
Fanny Lye Deliver'd - Feminist folk horror
TRENDINGFANNY LYE DELIVER'DFeminist folk horror
The Last Horns of Africa - The danger, the heartache and the importance of saving the Rhinos
TRENDINGTHE LAST HORNS OF AFRICAThe danger, the heartache and the importance of saving the Rhinos
Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Complete Series - Sketches at a revolution
TRENDINGMONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS: THE COMPLETE SERIESSketches at a revolution
25 Free-to-Watch Short Horror Films - The scariest shorts we uncovered online
TRENDING25 FREE-TO-WATCH SHORT HORROR FILMSThe scariest shorts we uncovered online
Aiyai: Wrathful Soul - Ambitious but unfocused Aussie horror
TRENDINGAIYAI: WRATHFUL SOULAmbitious but unfocused Aussie horror
Midsommar: The Director's Cut - Ari Aster elevates an already remarkable film to a masterpiece
TRENDINGMIDSOMMAR: THE DIRECTOR'S CUTAri Aster elevates an already remarkable film to a masterpiece
Inseparable Bros - A heartwarming tale about disability and the power of friendship
TRENDINGINSEPARABLE BROSA heartwarming tale about disability and the power of friendship
© 2011 - 2021 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us!