Journey's End

2018-05-18 08:03
Sam Claflin in a scene from the movie Journey's En


March, 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches in northern France, led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope. A German offensive is imminent, and the officers and their cook distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and their past lives. Stanhope, meanwhile, soaks his fear in whisky, unable to deal with his dread of the inevitable. A young new officer, Raleigh, has just arrived, fresh out of training and abuzz with the excitement of his first real posting, not least because he is to serve under Stanhope—his former school house monitor and the object of his sister’s affections. Each man is trapped, the days ticking by, the tension rising, and the attack drawing ever closer.


This taut, emotionally wrenching snapshot of both the mythologies and grim realities of war possesses useful reminders about self-deception and abuse of power, especially at a time when bellicose rhetoric and war cabinets seem to be the order of the day. - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Saul Dibb's World War 1 tale of British soldiers in the trenches is a bleak, sobering experience that puts audiences through a wringer. It's also an emotional powerhouse you will not forget. - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

For a movie based on 90-year-old source material, "Journey's End" works remarkably well. - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

Is there any artistically compelling reason for the existence of the latest adaptation... Not really, but it's a good play, once again providing juicy roles to fresh and established talent. That'll suffice. - Mike D'Angelo, AV Club

While it clearly has nothing like the budget or visual effects that Steven Spielberg lavished on War Horse, it does have two very important things going for it: perfect timing and a deeply moving authenticity. - Matthew Bond, The Mail on Sunday (UK)

An outstanding cast savours performing a play that has stood the test of time. Avoiding sentimentality, this is a valuable rejoinder to those who would sugar-coat mass slaughter. - Andrew Lowry, Empire Magazine

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