Tuesday 15 October 2019

The Aftermath review: 'Throws away its historic potential, but Jason Clarke is excellent'

3 stars

The Aftermath
The Aftermath
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

James Kent’s handsome, stately period drama is based on a novel by Rhidian Brook and boasts a fascinating context.

It’s the winter of 1946, and the city of Hamburg has been all but obliterated by Bomber Harris when Rachel Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives to meet her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), an army colonel.

They’re billeted in a grand mansion owned by an architect called Lubert (Alexander Skarsgard), who must decamp to the attic.

But Herr Lubert is handsome, and the Morgans’ marriage is troubled. Kent’s film is watchable though slow, and throws away its historic potential, but Jason Clarke is excellent.

(15A, 109mins)

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