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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 26, 2008 |

The Tom Cruise war thriller, Valkyrie, has had a troubled production; its release date had been pushed back into a release-date graveyard next year, before being yanked back into Oscar contention this year. Depending on who or when you ask, the test screenings for Valkyrie have been bleak or exceptional (to borrow a word from Palin). Much of the concern, apparently, had been about Tom Cruise’s lousy German accent. But let’s remember: Cruise or no Cruise, Bryan Singer directed this, and Superman Returns notwithstanding, he has a pretty decent track record. And bathshit or not, Tom Cruise has been known to make a decent movie now and again. My biggest concern is the fact that’s it’s a PG-13 thriller, and that a film about a plot to kill Hitler is being released the day after Christmas. Ho ho ho!

Nevertheless, I’m going to withhold judgment on Valkyrie until I see it, in large part because — honestly — the trailer doesn’t look that bad, probably because Cruise doesn’t do a lot of speaking in it. And on that question: Why affect a German accent at all? If you’re not speaking German, then it’s not authentic anyway. So, screw the goddamn accent.

Whatevs. Here’s the trailer:


CrazyPants Cruise Rocks the Eye Patch

Withholding Judgment / Dustin Rowles

Industry | September 26, 2008 | Comments ()

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