Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 13°C

Search

Film review: Journey’s End is a chilling and moving film

PUBLISHED: 10:24 05 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:24 05 February 2018

Journey's End directed by Saul Dibb and starring Sam Claflin. Picture: LIONSGATE/STEFFAN HILL

Journey's End directed by Saul Dibb and starring Sam Claflin. Picture: LIONSGATE/STEFFAN HILL

© Steffan Hill 2016

Although 90 years have passed since R. C. Sherriff’s play was first performed and a hundred since the events depicted, this Great War drama remains as pertinent as ever.

The latest cinematic adaption of Journey’s End is a superbly bleak and atmospheric film and the finest interpretation of Sherriff’s semi-autobiographical work.

Set during the third battle of the Aisne, the film focuses on a small group of soldiers - Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin), Lieutenant Osborne (Paul Bettany), Second Lieutenants Hibbert (Tom Sturridge) Trotter, (Stephen Graham) and Raleigh (Asa Butterfield) and Private Mason (Toby Jones) - as they await their fate.

Shot in Suffolk and Wales, Laurie Rose’s cinematography and Libby Uppington’s set design are outstanding.

The sweeping shots of the desolate battlefield and the vertiginous camera angles of the claustrophobic confines in the soldiers’ dug-out magnificently convey the horror of the situation in which the characters are trapped.

The central cast delivers sterling work. Claflin is captivating as the traumatised Stanhope, his haunted expressions carrying as much weight as his alcohol-fuelled outbursts.

Bettany impresses too as the older, warm-hearted Osborne, offering words of comfort to those around him all the while trying to contain his own fear.

It is director Saul Dibb, however, who deserves most praise. The director chooses to forgo the sentimentalism war dramas often fall victim to and instead offers a powerful, timely reminder of the cost of war.

Journey’s End is a chilling and moving film supercharged by two terrific performances and Dibb’s strong direction.

A woman has suffered potentially life-changing injuries during a horror crash in Suffolk.

A resolute Suffolk campaigner who has beaten cancer twice is calling on the running community to join her fight against the devastating disease.

The people of Hadleigh have voted to hold a referendum proposing a mass resignation of their town councillors.

A man has been found guilty in connection with a gunpoint kidnap of a 30-year-old man in Ipswich last year.

Former Ipswich mayor Inga Lockington’s attempt to become a British citizen is back on after Home Office staff contacted her to find out details of her life in this country.

Excitement is building for the Women’s Tour as dignitaries take up the chance to ride part of the Suffolk route ahead of the main event next month.

Work started yesterday to demolish one of the best-known pubs in Ipswich.

Suffolk County Council’s new leader has promised a new era of co-operation as he took over the helm at Endeavour House at the authority’s annual general meeting.

For 63 years the Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society has entertained thousands with their colourful shows at local theatres.

Take a look at our guide to see which pharmacies in Suffolk and north Essex which will be open this bank holiday Monday, May 28.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24