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'Benediction' Scores Another Critical Win For British Writer/Director Terence Davies

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> 'Benediction' Scores Another Critical Win For British Writer/Director Terence Davies

Benediction, a true story of poet Siegfried Sassoon, shows the kinship that acclaimed director Terence Davies always makes in any of his films. His first two films, the masterpieces Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and The Long Day Closes (1992), were both blatantly autobiographical, and it is abundantly apparent that Davies might have followed in Sassoon's footsteps had he lived during World War I. Here is everything you need to know about this great movie!

Plot of 'Benediction'

Best known as a poet who found historical acclaim for writing about the true terrors of the war, Siegfried Sassoon experienced much less glory in his life than his poems. After a difficult adult life, Sassoon ends up far from where one would expect, given his psychiatric hospital stays and numerous affairs with other men.

Cast

  • Jack Lowden / Peter Capaldi - Siegfried Sassoon

  • Simon Russell Beale - Robbie Ross

  • Jeremy Irvine - Ivor Novello

  • Calam Lynch - Stephen Tennant

  • Tom Blyth - Glen Byam Shaw

  • Kate Phillips / Gemma Jones - Hester Gatty

What Critics Say About 'Benediction'

There's no doubt that Benediction is not for everyone. It's a difficult meditation on the same types of themes that Davies has always explored. Now, he's thinking about his art from an older age, just like Sassoon, as both led an understandingly tumultuous life as a gay man in the England. The outcome for Sassoon is bleak, so certainly, Davies hopes for something different for himself, as he's certain to show how Sassoon turned into such a bitter man. With his character performed excellently by both Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi, Benediction works as a cinematic historical drama and a character piece work investing in.

Rating: 8/10

★★★★★★★★☆☆

Where To Watch 'Benediction'

Where To Watch 'Benediction'

Right now, Benediction is at the in-between state of leaving theaters and getting to VOD, so if you can't catch it at the cinema, you'll have to wait a bit longer to see it on streaming. Keep your eyes peeled to watch this must-see 2022 movie!

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