Prepare your tissues, this is not a drill. In fact, you might cry three times than you usually do, but if you have the heart of steel, well, good for you.
Testament of Youth is a 2014 British drama film based on the First World War Memoir of the same name written by Vera Brittain (Thanks Wikipedia). It stars Alicia Vikander along with Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan and more.
I have to admit, I’ve never read the book before. I was battling from reading or watching it first. But in the end, I found the DVD copy and never found a book copy (I didn’t reach the National Museums in our area at this point). Back in 1918, there was a celebration for the end of World War I. But for Vera Brittain, she lost too much to celebrate. The harsh realities of war were quite depicted in this film. It’s mostly about a strong woman, who sacrificed her Oxford education and gets to tell her story without fret.
What I love about this movie is, it speaks about the power of a woman when she has to stand with her own feet during and after the chaos. Men in the first World War were given the chance to become warriors and heroes but it’s not possible for them to survive without the willpower of women too. It gives an innocent and poetic love story, a family that many people might relate to, and it shows us how life was without smartphones. (1918, duh) Plus, the actors are good, REALLY GOOD. Alicia Vikander who won an Oscar for her work in The Danish Girl plays Vera alongside Jon Snow, Eggsy, and Merlin. Well, dig in because they’re moving out from their famous roles to show us how to be a good friend, a passionate lover and a loyal brother.
This movie might require multiple pauses for your sobbing and if you haven’t cried for a long time, give this a try.
P.S: Thank you James Kent for directing this movie. You’ve done well. And of course, to the real Vera Brittain.