Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003) starring Robert Carlyle, Stockard Channing, Jena Malone, Julianna Margulies, Matthew Modine, Liev Schreiber directed by Christian Duguay Movie Review

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Robert Carlyle in Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)

The Full Hitler

I will be honest and say up front that history has never been my thing although with a fascination for old movies sometimes I wish I did. But on the flip side of that statement admitting my historical ignorance or should I say an in-depth historical ignorance can also work in my favour as I don't have issues with historical inaccuracies. That brings me to "Hitler: The Rise of Evil" a two part mini-series which can be watched as a movie, one which creeps in just under 180 minutes. Now I have heard from those with a deep interest in history and the life of Adolf Hitler and to sum up their collective opinions this TV Movie is a travesty, a movie which changes the facts and alters what is known about various characters especially Hitler himself. As such I have to go on their collective wisdom and say if you are a historian or have an in depth knowledge of Hitler then "Hitler: The Rise of Evil" may be hard work.

But as I pointed out my historical knowledge is far from in depth and my coming to "Hitler: The Rise of Evil" was more as a movie fan. As a movie fan I have to say that it impressed me with powerful performances and impressive production values. In fact "Hitler: The Rise of Evil" has the production values and to be frank the cast which deserve to be seen on the big screen whether or not it twists history to suit its own needs.

Having said that "Hitler: The Rise of Evil" is by no means a flawless master piece, at times it feels rushed such as when it skims over Hitler's early years as a boy and then a struggling artist whilst at times feels laborious when it seems to be going nowhere. But despite this it still comes together to create a semi informative but also entertaining look at the life of Adolf Hitler detailing his patriotism, sense of anger and hatred of the Jews.

What this all boils down to is that "Hitler: The Rise of Evil" is not going to be for everyone as its twisting of historical facts and characters will not please those with a deep knowledge of history. But for those whose main concern is to be entertained it is an impressive but not flawless production which rests firmly on Robert Carlyle's shoulders as he delivers a powerful performance in the hard role of playing Hitler.