‘Resistance’ Film Review: Jesse Eisenberg Stretches Himself as Marcel Marceau, Nazi Fighter

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‘Resistance’ Film Review: Jesse Eisenberg Stretches Himself as Marcel Marceau, Nazi Fighter
Here’s the case for “Resistance”: You literally can’t leave your house right now, it’s a reasonably diverting drama available to stream, and it features Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris, Édgar Ramírez, Clémence Poésy, Géza Röhrig, and Bella “Lady Mormont” Ramsey.

Here’s the case against it: Jonathan Jakubowicz’s drama doesn’t add as much to the beyond-crowded World War II genre as it could despite the genuinely compelling true story on which it’s based.

Eisenberg stars as Marcel Marceau, a real-life mime whose Chaplin-esque act becomes a balm for a depressingly large group of Jewish orphans; the reliably neurotic screen presence has many gifts, but a few minutes of this movie is enough to prove that French accents aren’t one of them. Look past that admittedly distracting flaw, and it’s a charming performance vaguely reminiscent of Roberto Benigni’s in “Life Is Beautiful
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