I finally saw Downfall (sub-titles) last night, as Netflix had it on order.
I must say that it was the most accurate portrayal of Adolf Hitler I have ever seen. The historical accuracy (I had focused studies in school about that period) was superb, trust me. I have absolutely no nick picks to make. Hitler and the Nazis are portrayed just as they were, so the director did not go out of his way to bash them or to create sympathy. It dealt with the facts, was professionally done, and showed the end of an empire up close and personal.
Downfall covers the final days of Hitler in his Berlin bunker. It was based on one of his secretary’s notes (in many ways, she is the star of this movie.)
All of Hitler’s henchmen make an appearance, and the setting and actors gets 5 stars from me. It really feels like a documentary camera was around during 1945, and we were viewing the real thing.
Downfall is the ultimate Hitler movie. Many lessons can be learned from the destruction he caused. Those not familiar with Nazi Germany will get the inside scoop on how things were towards the end, and how Hitler was worshiped.
There is no doubt that the mood is dark as the German (civilian and army) are getting blown to bits by the Allies, lead by the Russians. One can only feel the frustrations of Hitler’s top generals as they want to negotiate a surrender while Hitler is out to have his own people killed. This is one deep, dark movie that will leave the thoughtful viewer awestruck and saddened. After everything was said and done, 50 million people died during World War II, and Hitler started it. He was the most influential man of the 20th century and the worst villain who ever existed, no doubt about it.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys historical dramas. It’s for a mature, serious audience.