DENIAL – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 50 mins.
Starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall and Andrew Scott
Based on the Real-life story of American Historian and Educator Deborah Lipstadt) and the libel suit brought against her by former historian and English Holocaust denier David Irving… this is DENIAL!
Educating at the collegiate level, we meet Historian and Professor Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz), sharing her profound knowledge of the Holocaust with her students.
When a conference about this subject is most abruptly interrupted by one David Irving (Timothy Stall), it seems that he questions Ms. Lipstadt’s portrayal of him in her latest book, as a Holocaust denier, unfounded and unjust.
Taking these matters into his own hands, Irving decides to sue Lipstadt for libel in an English court of law, stating that she cannot prove that his rendition of what did or did not happen at Auschwitz, during WWI, is false.
Securing the services of the best lawyer she can find in England, Deborah brings on the highly educated, and very charming Anthony Julius (Andrew Scott) to lead her defense team. When Penguin Books also brings their own BIG GUN to these proceedings, Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson), Mr. Irving better get ready to get his touchy kicked, as these boys are about to go through everything Irving has ever read or written with a fine tooth comb, proving that his denial of the Holocaust may just be his own undoing in the end…
I give DENIAL a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS ONE ON DVD: Weisz is wonderful as always, Stall and Scott are too, but Wilkinson absolutely steals the show! We will have to wait and see if he gets another Oscar nod by years end for his performance, as the one of the best litigators I’ve seen up on the big screen in quite some time. This film is filled with a mass of intrigue in both directions, as I sat there pondering what would make someone want to support Hitler, and defy the mass murders of thousands of Jews during WWII, but as I followed along in this real life story, I started to truly understand both sides of this equation. If you enjoy real-life stories filled with lots of history, and legal sparing, then definitely catch DENIAL this weekend at a theater near you. But if like your films filled with lots of action and/or suspense, you might want to wait to catch this very good film in about 6 weeks, when the DVD is released, as you relax upon your comfy couch at home.