At the end of June, Mags and I got ourselves invited to a special screening of Anthropoid at the Bohemian National Hall at the Czech Centre in Manhattan. I would first like to thank them for having us, everyone there was warm and friendly. They had a nice event planned. We had a speaker from Czech Tourism about film tourism and after the movie a speaker who was 6 at the time of the events who gave us a different perspective – the perspective of someone who lived through it and the impact it had on the world.
The movie starts with video, images, and text from the time period, the silence adds a level of tension that creates an emotional setting for the film. The first person we see is Jamie Dornan. I think I heard him first, his heavy breathing, for reasons I’m not used to, it was a dead giveaway.
The first half of the film was more of what I expected, a movie about an assassination attempt. A bit slower, but still interesting. The second half was super intense, Mags probably hasn’t recovered yet.
As for Jamie Dornan, he was excellent, I saw a totally different character in him than I’ve seen in any of his other work. He was also gorgeous and hot and can totally flirt! Actually, the whole cast was amazing. I can’t think of anyone who didn’t rise to the level deserving of such a great movie. Including Prague, and that brings me to another part of the film that I loved.
Sean Ellis was director, writer, cinematographer and he is amazing. Ok, on the writing end it was a little light (I’m kidding) – the film was in fact light on dialog, instead it depended a lot on the actors physical acting and the mood that was set in the film. They use of different colors, lighting, and fog made the city of Prague a character of its own.
There was one thing I thought was missing background on the characters. Why were they the ones chosen for the mission?
As for violence in the film, which I know some people have an issue with. 99% of it was tastefully done. There was one scene that wasn’t necessarily tasteless, but I covered my eyes during it because I knew it would be bad. Mags assures me it was something she can never unsee. Other than that, there’s nothing too crazy for a war movie.
But the biggest testament to the movie is that I’m not only interested in learning more about the story. I’m moved by the mission that was done, and the dedication of the people who in real life took a risk that had very bad consequences, but it was still a fight worth fighting.