17 July 1999 | pullen
Well acted and convincing portrayal of Canadian soldiers and generals in 1942
With a cast of veteran Canadian actors, Dieppe gives a true-to-life depiction of life in the Canadian Army in WWII from two perspectives; that of the Generals, and that of the footsoldiers. Both were keen on going into action against the Germans, and the film is very good at showing why both groups felt that way.
While the action sequences of the last hour may disappoint, especially compared to Saving Private Ryan, the chaos and carnage of Blue Beach is nonetheless accurately portrayed. One could bemoan the fact that the main landings were not given screen time, but the movie is more about the relationships between the senior commanders, and the politics of the Raid. At the same time, a sympathetic and convincing portrayal of the life of the common Canadian soldier in Britain is given as well.
Uniforms, weapons and vehicles are all well researched, though grognards may well find much to point out.
This film is an exciting, thought-provoking, and convincing portrayal of the Canadian Army in Britain in 1942.