Major Cast: Jonathan Michaels as Martin Bormann, Mairead Armstrong as Magda Goebbels, Alex Dee as Hermann Göring, Henrick Jørgensen as Adolf Hitler, James Lowe as Rudolf Hess, Blake Scott as Joseph Goebbels, Peter Turnbull as Heinrich Himmler, and Jo Wheatley as Ilse Hess
If you look on any list of influential political leaders, evil political leaders, or deadly dictators, Adolf Hitler will more than likely be somewhere in the top ten. He is probably one of the most studied political leaders to date. While he had a great interest in music and art, he would be remembered for his vicious belief system, which he justified by invading mainly other European countries during WWII. Scapegoating against everyone who wasn’t his ideal would also lead to massive extermination of people. This docudrama starts with the key figures who would be by Hitler’s side from the start. They include Rudolf Hess, Martin Bormann, Hermann Göring, Joseph Goebbels, and Heinrich Himmler although others would appear too, all in the goal of improving their lives and getting Hitler’s approval. It was interesting to see how those closest to him sought his attention every chance they had, especially when he hosted parties and meetings at the Berghof. The recorded footage from that time is interesting to watch. You get to see how the political and social climate changed after becoming Chancellor of Germany. His influence catapulted his power to a new level when the stock market crashed in 1929. It was a perfect opportunity for Hitler to spread his belief in a superior Aryan race and exterminate those he viewed as inferior. He was no longer the novice public speaker who failed to convince the German people they needed him to an engaging orator who used his pulpit to assert his dominance across Europe. With every country invasion, his Nazi regime was a step closer to the end game. The last few episodes covers his time in the bunker with Eva Braun and Goebbels, which I found interesting. The weaving of re-interpretation of key moments, actual footage of Nazi members, and narration lent a great portrayal of the rise and fall of the Nazi Party. The only major complaint I have is some of the information and footage were repeated in a few episodes. I read another viewer’s complaint that it was one-sided, meaning England was portrayed exclusively in a positive light, where Germany was demonized (paraphrasing). I really don’t think that was the intent, but the fact Hitler blamed the German people for losing WWII points only in one direction. For all his political influence, his mental hysteria was his biggest downfall in the end, and of course, the Russian forces.