Denial (2016), Dir. Mick Jackson

Denial (2016), Dir. Mick Jackson
They’re a strange thing consciences. Trouble is, what feels best isn’t necessarily what works best.
— Richard Rampton, Denial (2016)

Stars: Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott, Mark Gatiss, Alex Jennings, Caren Pistorius, Jack Lowden.
Director: Mick Jackson
Screenplay: David Hare

To deny truthfully is one thing but to deny to forward your "truth" is another. Sadly we are living in the world of the latter where alternative facts run the roost and the media are the enemy. This type of world fuels Fascist thinking and Nazi sympathisers; a world where sound logic and facts lose their voice as the extremist overpowers with their yells. A story about "covfefe" is overpowering the real one; Trump removing the US from the Paris Agreement and we know that is why he tweeted it so why must we give power to this shit?. But, sigh you can't win in that world, the world of truth gets removed or overtaken by the man that wants to further his "truth" that is barely covering his greed for power.

So how can you beat this rhetoric and allow reality to win over the loud ramblings of a sad little power hungry individual? Take him to court; or rather allow him to take you to court and own his ass with the real truth. And that is what Denial is all about, making sure the the rhetoric of the holocaust deniers is stamped out entirely and forever and give back the survivors and lost souls the respect that they should have never had to fight to have. 

It is a very interesting film with one of the greatest casts ever assembled, but the structure and direction does take away from the glory of the story. The passage of time—this film takes over almost a decade of plot—is confusing, no one gets a haircut or changes their fashion or suits from the early 90s to the 2000s. But there are times where the script really shines and that comes down to the actual discussion of the law. British law is so different to the US in the most refreshing sense. There is no grand standing, no sympathy cards played, what there is are the facts and planing out the best defence strategy imaginable. 

This film is still powerful even when the weakness of its craft brings it down. It holds that horrible thought that reality could lose out to hysteric and that an entire people or rather peoples pain and suffering could so grotesquely be trodden on by a man who wants to give Hitler the benefit of the doubt and resurrect his glory by denying what he did to so many. I feel sick just thinking about it; fuck you. 

★ ★ ★