Valkyrie trailer now online in HD
The trailer for Bryan Singer's Valkyrie has arrived online, the story of true events in Hitler's Army and amongst his closest men, of a plot to kill him and change the leadership of the war and the fate of Germany.
It indeed looks very powerful, and superbly shot, although one thing surprises me, and I'm sure Singer was expecting this, everyone talks in their normal accents.
I don't know what I was really expecting there, whether I thought they would carry German accents or not, I think perhaps that's what I was expecting. However there's a mixture of English and American throughout and it plays on my mind until the suspense and tension of the trailer takes over.
However when I find myself drawn into the performances and the story, forgetting that they are all in non-German accents, I then found myself forgetting that it was about the German Army and that this is all set in war time Germany.
I don't know, on one hand I think it's a brave decision by Bryan Singer, and perhaps the only way to go as German accents could give a rather comical feel considering the amount of comedy war films we've seen with bad German accents, but then there's just that feeling that everything else will have to work harder to pull me into the world of war time Germany.
What I would be interested to hear is what Germans who look on Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg and his conspirators as heroes think about this decision in Valkyrie. What do you think? Is that an issue for you, or does it make the film more accessible?
Dropping the German accent issue, it looks superbly powerful and I can see this footage just getting better and better. Tom Cruise looks good in it, but the supporting cast are the surprise, they look pretty exceptional too and it's not going to be about Cruise overshadowing them.