Richard C. Walls writes, "based on the infamous role-playing game of the same name, this isn't a dreadful movie, just routine and a little uninvolving. The hero goes through many trials and evil is finally defeated (hope I didn't spoil it for you)."
This story of a passionate love affair begun by two women in Berlin during the final years of World War II strives to shatter stereotypes of Germans goose-stepping to Hitler’s agenda. The performances are uniformly fine, but the revelation is Maria Schrader.
The strengths and faults of this filmlie squarely on the shoulders of writer-director-actor Chi Muoi Lo. At its best, it’s a classic American tale of reconciliation, of understanding where you came from while accepting where you belong.
When an occasion is truly special, home is the only place to celebrate in a way that defines your personal style. All it takes is a few significant items, a special place, and the right combination of reverence and fun.