I was unaware of this movie until receiving the preview invitation. Which may make the film's marketers weep, but there you have it.
However, I was interested in the fact that the book was written by Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit. I enjoyed the movie made from that book. Was this story as good?
I was interested in seeing Domhnall Gleeson, who I first noticed simply because he was Brendon Gleeson's son but whose talent I admired a lot in Calvary.
I was interested in seeing how Angelina Jolie did as a director. We've got those who've done it well like Clint Eastwood and those who can't really pull it off like George Clooney. I had no sense of where she would fall on this scale.
Let's just say this. Angelina Jolie is no George Clooney. And I mean that in the best possible way. World class is what I'd say.
The movie is fantastic and shouldn't be missed.
(I'll do a more complete review when the film opens or when I get the green light from the promoters.)