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I watched this TV movie on my youView receiver and was intrigued by the story of an honourable man and his journey through WW2. Some parts comedic and other parts showing the futility of the war and so called "leaders of men". I collected the book from my local library and found out that it was originally a trilogy written by Evelyn Waugh running to 750+ pages...! The script obviously had to be condensed to for a movie version. I am now watching it again after reading the book(s) and it is even more enjoyable.
This is a brilliant, but very long film when watched on a DVD, It wasn't made as a single film, but as a made for TV series. It is a moving story of a young man as he tackles personal problems and the onset of war and going into battle. I have to admit, if it wasn't Daniel Craig I probably wouldn't like this film as it is difficult to get to 'like' any of the characters. Either set yourself a wet Sunday afternoon for watching this, or break it down into bit size pieces!
Excellent characterisation - absolutely loved the solid character of Guy Crouchback who seems to be able to manage to be all things to all people and to do the right thing - so rare in today's times. I would highly recommend this production.
Really captures the book's dismay at disarray of British fighting forces, the inevitable defeat of innocent do goodery and the rise of the post-Blimp generation and their acceptance of necessary evil to do good. Daniel Craig outstanding as Guy as is Megan Dodds as the Helen of Troy figure and Richard Coyle as the Artful Dodger Trimmer Mactavish