Hitler: The Rise of Evil Reviews
As for Hitler himself, Robert Carlyle is fairly good. He certainly looks the part. He's rather too crazy and not fanatical enough for my taste. When he shouts you see the madness in his eyes, but it's lacking in the passion and unshakeable certainty that made Hitler so successful a rabble rouser. He's also afraid to give Hitler any really human qualities. In fact, the whole series is afraid of taking any risks lest it accidentally make Hitler sympathetic. Which is ridiculous really. He was human. He was also an impossibly evil bstard. And everyone nowadays knows it. So what's the danger of showing that he was fond of animals? Or that he had an unhappy youth? It's not as if that makes up for his other actions and it explains much of who he was. Making him a caricature of evil incarnate in an otherwise realistic presentation just makes this seem like fantasy. That this could never happen again. That there can never be anything truly compelling about evil men.
The facts themselves are mostly right. They cut and paste a lot and give inaccurate interpretations of key events, but all the key events are here: the intense loyalty to Germanic roots, the service in the first world war, the failed beer hall putsch, the rise to the position of chancellor, the night of the long knives... It's an interesting story of backstabbings and coercion. And as far as that goes it's pretty compelling stuff. It could have been dramatized more, but it still works. While I might wish for a more Downfall-like approach which shows a chillingly human evil at the core this miniseries is certainly a more modest success.