A Promise Review

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Stuffy industrial Karl Hoffmeister (Rickman) finds his wife drawn slowly but surely to his young apprentice (Game Of Thrones' Madden).


Germany, 1912. An ailing industrialist (Alan Rickman) finds his young protégé (Richard Madden) drawn to his wife (Rebecca Hall) in this torpid, turgid adaptation of Austrian author Stefan Zweig’s novella Journey Into The Past, which has less drama than a Catherine Cookson done by ITV.

If you only watch one Stefan Zweig-inspired film this year, watch The Grand Budapest Hotel. If you watch two, see The Grand Budapest Hotel twice. Awful.