Ever heard of Rupert Penry-Jones? For those of you who are Jane Austen addicts (*high five*), you may remember him from Masterpiece's version of Persuasion. Weeeell. I had never heard of him being in anything else worth watching (in fact, I don't quite care for the movie Persuasion, although the book is stupendous).
Last week, I watched this incredible movie with him in it, and I fell in love with it. It's titled 39 Steps and if you know what's good for you, you'll go treat yourself to watching it right now. It's set during World War I, which is schaweet. It's about this dude (Rupert...or Richard in the movie) who gets framed for a murder that he knows two German spies committed. Before he died, the man who was killed gave Richard these papers and told him to get them to this government guy because it contained confidential national secrets having to do with the growing conflict in Europe (which is exactly why the German spies wanted him dead). Suddenly, Richard is running for his life--from the English because he's being blamed for a murder he didn't commit, and from the Germans because he's carrying a top-secret coded notebook. Thence, a super-duper awesome plot to figure out the code in the notebook and get it into the right hands, all while having Brits and Germans both at his heels, and a war commencing during it all. And a girl enters the scene, besides. <winky face, winky face>
Sooo, I liked it. A lot. There was some stuff that frustrated me, but all in all, 'twas grand. Plus, I got to watch it with my fantabulous fivesome, and that makes everything just that much better. Just to give you more reason to go watch it yourself, here is a "preview" of some of it's awesomeness.
[pictures not mine, but I put the collage together]