Valkyrie – Theatrical Trailer
Tom Cruise starts as a Nazi higher up with a personal mission to kill Hilter in Valkyrie, a new movie out this Christmas. A new trailer is out and it cuts between scenes at a past that’s so dizzyingly fast that I had to look away at points. It paints Cruise as a hero with a mission. We all know how it turns out, though.
As I commented on JayBird’s coverage of the first trailer back in November 2007 why doesn’t Cruise have an accent? I know it’s not technically authentic if you’re not speaking the source language in an historical film, but the actors usually strive to mimic the accents of people from the country. It seems kind of outrageous that Cruise didn’t even try. Maybe they discussed it and decided they may as well just sound like themselves. Some of the “Nazis” even have British accents. At least they could make it consistent.
Cruise is very good at playing conflicted characters and he can probably pull this off. Whether the movie will be a success or not we’ll have to see. It’s had its release date changed several times, and there’s been negative advance buzz. The film was scheduled to come out in February, but right around the time that Cruise’s partner, Paula Wagner, stepped down from United Artists it was announced that Valkyrie would have a holiday release. It was perhaps part of Wagner’s negotiations for leaving UA.