Today I'd like to review a current movie called The Fifth Estate, which I saw this weekend with a fellow bitch of mine!
The Fifth Estate is a dramatized portrayal of the years 2007 to 2010 in the life of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. It focuses on his relationship with Daniel Berg, who wrote a book about this matter, on which the movie is partly based. These years mark the growing success of WikiLeaks and therefore have a lot of story to be told.
Julian Assange is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and Daniel Berg by German/ Spanish actor Daniel Brühl. In addition to that, we have David Thewlis and Peter Capaldi starring in it.
I'm gonna start right away with the fact why I was really really impressed by this movie: the acting. Sounds unspectacular, we're talking about a movie with acting in it after all :D But the acting in this movie was utterly brilliant. In front of everything, Benedict Cumberbatch. It's no secret he's a great actor, and I really enjoy the stuff he does. But in this movie, I was blown away. His talent is unbelievable! He was stunning, mesmerizing, fascinating and utterly impressive. The things he can do with body language and facial expressions, the multitude of emotions he can portray in a perfectly realistic way...it's amazing!
He was not the only good actor in this movie, though :D I loved Daniel Brühl, he did an equally great job and was a great counterpart for Benedict Cumberbatch.
The plot was okay, but at some times left things open. It did do a good job telling the story, but at some parts I felt like it should have been done a bit differently. I really enjoyed the very last scene, however!
But what the plot lacked was compensated by the actors. I wouldn't watch it solely for the story, but for the whole of it. Trust me, it's worth it!
I definitely recommend it, I enjoyed it a lot!
Has anyone of you seen it?