‘Testament of Youth’

12-02-2015-testament-of-youth-official-poster_r7gtWith a beautifully modulated performance from Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, A Royal Affair) as Vera Brittain and ably supported by a bevy of young actors, including Kit Harrington (Jon Snow in Game of Thrones) and Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Testament of Youth is well-crafted but just fails to avoid the pitfalls of a worthy but slightly dull heritage drama.

Based on the seminal anti-war novel of the same name by Brittain, a desperate sadness pervades Testament of Youth. The film opens in the summer of 1914 and the carefree, middle-class behaviour of Vera Brittain, her beloved brother, Edward (Egerton) and their friends is about to change forever.

Rating: 53%

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