The 39 Steps (2008) Review
In The 39 Steps, it is right before the outbreak of WWI, and Richard Hanna (who has just returned from Africa) is bored out of his mind. Then, by chance, a secret agent runs into Richard’s apartment to escape men who are chasing him. He tasks Richard with getting a coded book to the right authorities because it is the only way to stop the coming war.
When the secret agent gets killed, Richard is blamed and is soon on the run from German spies and the police who believe him to be a murderer. While he’s on the run, Richard crosses paths with a suffragette named Victoria. Together, they attempt to decipher the code and save England, all while being chased by spies. But with spies all around, who is it they can trust?
For a short TV movie, this spy movie is a lot of fun. Not only is it a quick watch, but an engaging one as well. It doesn’t hurt that the ever so handsome Rupert Penry-Jones (Persuasion) is the leading man either. The romance between the bantering Richard and Victoria (an opinionated suffragette) just made this short movie even more enjoyable for those looking for a period drama with adventure, romance, and intrigue.
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Sure, The 39 Steps is not one of the best period dramas of all time (and certainly not in the same league as the Hitchcock version). And while The 39 Steps doesn’t do anything groundbreaking, somehow it’s still an enjoyable fluff movie to watch when you just want simple entertainment. I know I enjoyed it!
“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My
feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me
to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
You can catch The 39 Steps on Hulu or Amazon.
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4 thoughts on “The 39 Steps (2008) – A Romantic Period Drama with Adventure and Intrigue”
I remember really loving this little film. What surprised me most was how funny it was. I was expecting something serious – or more so. Nonetheless, I still loved it. 🙂
Yeah, it was just a fun, light watch, which is all you really need sometimes!
I always remember starting to watch this movie and falling asleep! Not because it was boring at all, but because I was really tired that day. I remember kicking myself because like Rissi I was surprised at how funny it was and because I was so enjoying RPJ in it. I have to watch it properly sometime soon!
You definitely should. Plus, it’s really not long at all.