Movies, WWI

Testament Of Youth: Movie Review

They’ll want to forget you. They’ll want me to forget. But I can’t. I won’t. This is my promise to you now. All of you.

This movie broke my heart into several pieces. I had a feeling it was going to be a tragedy from the moment I saw the trailer. All I have to say is prepare to have your heart broken, it was such a tear jerker. ‧º·(˚ ˃̣̣̥⌓˂̣̣̥ )‧º·˚ It was such an amazing movie!!! I am a huge fan of period dramas, and let me tell you that Testament Of Youth has been one of the best one that I have watched in such a long time. This movie is based on Vera Brittain’s book Testament of Youth, and it takes place during the Great War, otherwise known as World War I. Vera wants to be a writer despite her father’s wishes. She is studious and wants to go to school. What I really like about this film is that there are subtle hints of the war. Vera experiences heartbreak as her brother, fiancé, and friend join the war. Vera volunteers to be a nurse while her three musketeers fight for a great cause. Slowly she learns about the terror and deals tragedy at such a young age. All the actors were phenomenal! Especially Kit Harington, who played Roland Leighton (Vera’s finace) and Alicia Vakander who played Vera. I felt that they had a lot of chemistry together. Before watching the actual movie, I really thought that the romance was going to play a major role in the film. This film does have romance, but it mostly portrays the hardships of war and losing one’s innocence. For example, the war completely changed Roland. He wrote poetry prior joining the war, and was overall happier, but the more time he spent in the battlefield, Roland became broken. It felt as if he were suffering from post traumatic stress disorder by the time he reunited with Vera. I don’t want to completely spoil the movie, but it is definitely a must watch. There aren’t any real fighting scenes, that would be my only minor complaint. Also, the soundtrack was superb, I can’t stop listening to it. I will most definitely add Vera Brittain’s book to my to be read list. Finally, this poem that Roland Leighton wrote was so beautiful.

Violets from Plug Street Wood,
Sweet, I send you oversea.
(It is strange they should be blue,
Blue, when his soaked blood was red,
For they grew around his head;
It is strange they should be blue.)

Violets from Plug Street Wood-
Think what they have meant to me-
Life and Hope and Love and You
(And you did not see them grow
Where his mangled body lay
Hiding horror from the day;
Sweetest it was better so.)

Violets from oversea,
To your dear, far, forgetting land
These I send in memory,
Knowing You will understand.

– Roland Leighton (ᵕ̣̣̣̣̣̣﹏ᵕ̣̣̣̣̣̣)

Final Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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