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Testament of Youth (2014) Film Review | 365 Day Film Challenge – Day 21

Testament of Youth is one of my favorite films, and it keeps getting better with each viewing. I always gravitate towards this film when I’m heavily depressed (which is weird, because this isn’t a happy film), and it always gives me a little boost.

This film is based off of Vera Brittain’s memoir of the same name, and follows Vera ( a luminous Alicia Vikander) as she navigates her life as a young woman. Chronicling her dreams of being a writer, to her stubborn-headed fight to get into Oxford’s women’s college, her love affair with Roland Leighton (a dreamy Kit Harington), to her time as a combat nurse, this is a powerful, devastating, yet inspirational film about an incredible woman.

The acting is superb. Vikander gives one of her best performances and this film, and Kit Harington breaks out of his Jon Snow mold. Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, and Hayley Atwell give amazing supporting performances and make you genuinely care about their characters.

Testament of Youth is also a gorgeously film, both with its cinematography and it’s color-drenched locations. The costumes are incredibly beautiful, and each shot is packed with emotion.

This is a must-see film. It is an emotionally taxing experience, and some will be bored due to the pacing of the film, but go in with an open mind and let the story of this amazing woman inspire you and break your heart.

Verdict: 5/5

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