Competent but familiar, but more Tenant than Nilsen
I watched the first episode. It felt like I was watching a repeat.
The acting is generally competent for a TV show. Tenant plays the bad guy in the manner you would expect. the other characters are given a bit of development and competently handled. The setting is produced in a believable manner.
Afterwards I watched the documentary which included video of Nilsen. From that you can see that Tennant has the Nilsen wig but his acting is more Tennant than Nilsen.
But at the end of the third episode it felt like it had all been done before, and left no lasting impression, no desire to ever watch again
It is well made as light entertainment goes and the acting is generally very good with the glaring exception of 'Ingram' who, when portrayed in the chair, is a noticeably different character than you can see on the real how.
The trial is also changed to make interesting television rather than a fair account of the evidence presented.
A slip from Morse to Endeavour with concerted effort to make it on its own feet.
And then season 7.
Written like a comic book caper. Supposedly set in 1970 but with actions from fast-food delivery to regular folk racing across Europe (with guns no less) probably by people who whom the 80's is distant history.
One implausible turn gets rushed on to another.
Next season's stories will see Captain Oxford swinging from house to church on silver threads, while using his mobile phone to listen to punk music - in 1972.
Waititi/Cohen isn't known for making high-brow films or masterpieces. He is more of an Adam Sandler than a Hitchcock.
This movie is much on the level we could expect from him.
The subject matter does give the feeling that there is a certain requirement for some directors to pay their dues by making a WWII movie of a certain type, and I don't mean saving Private Ryan.
The quality of the movie is - average.
It is meant to be a comedy but it is really only very low-brow in its delivery.
Stephen Merchant delivers the standout performance as Gestapo officer. If all of the movie was like this it might have made it. Unfortunately the worst seems are those with Waititi who is unconvincing in his mock-Hitler.
Wait until you can see it for free and can skip through.
When you find you are 15 minutes in and wanting to check your phone you realise that this hasn't grabbed you - and it will continue like that for a long time.
The two actors go through a range of emotions with little credibility but it all feels false and the storyline is a pretentious take on a familiar scenario.
Nothing grabs. Nothing really interesting happens. And it is all made annoying by a soundtrack of cacophony which prevents any real tension building up in what should feel like a claustrophobic environment.