A hero emerged in the chaos of World War II in the form of a mime star Marcel Marceau. The protagonist is an amazing entertainer who helped a large number of Jewish people get away from the Nazis, in a competent yet formulaic biopic.
This is a well-made and reasonably produced movie, yet filled with familiar tropes, about the wartime hero Marcel Marceau in his amazing period of the French resistance. His aid in helping a lot of Jews escape the recent Nazi occupation of France. Although it is a remarkable story, this is one of those familiar World War II movies, which seems to still have interests in the film industry.
The film narrative is ridiculously recounted in flashback by General George S. Patton (played by the great Ed Harris), as he talks to the ranks of all of the United States military forces who have just set France free. He is addressing to them a story about one of French’s one of the most stunning regular civilians – the protagonist Marceau. The ridiculous thing is the military force is supposed to stand there and listen to the story from the beginning to the end.) Jesse Eisenberg portrays Macreau, a youthful and energetic Charlie Chaplin’s passionate fan who utilizes his energy for satire and mime comedy to delight the hearts of the Jewish orphans in France under his caringly considerate before the Nazi invasion of the country, the same young kids that he would need to rescue from the concentration camps.
The film envisions a strained eye to eye experience on a train between Marceau, who disguises himself as a choirmaster with his children prepared to sing Ave Maria to hide their Jewish heritage from the Nazis, and the infamous Gestapo boss Klaus Barbie, portrayed with a chillingly cold obsession by Matthias Schweighöfer.
Eisenberg commits a well-done and subtle portrayal of the mime legend based on the material that he was given. At first glance, Marceau can be seen as an energetic person, and when the film tried to commit to showing his heroic activity, the film makes him into a straight man. This suit really well with Eisenberg’s energy. However, this has a consequence that makes a lot of people feel that anyone can make the same performance as Eisenberg.
* Resistance (2020) is available now (19th June) on the digital platform.
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