Compared to all that has been said and the tremendous risk Tom took with the movie, it more and more turns into what can now be called a triumph.
The German and UK premieres were nothing but a blitz of praise and glamor.
Here are some photos and excerpts, but it's just impossible to keep up and I only read a very few of the hundreds of articles that came out.
And what about Anonymous, you may ask? Not the least tiny blip of it in anything I have seen from either the German or British press, except of course when Cruise signed a mask!
Tom Cruise charms fans at Berlin Valkyrie premiere: Star spends 102 minutes with fans despite being "freezing" - Bild.de
"He spent a total of 102 minutes chatting to fans and signing autographs! Those who had waited in the cold to see him were no doubt thankful for the hot drinks and handwarmers that Cruise had distributed amongst the crowd. “What a welcome” he said. “And it happens every time I come to Germany!”" [...]
"Thomas Kretschmann (46). Kretschmann spoke about his most exciting day on set: “I had to be on time on the first day of filming, so Tom sent a helicopter to fly me from Tempelhof to the location – even though I am scared of flying. It was simply incredible.”" [...]
"There was a five-minute standing ovation when the film ended. "
The Press Association: 'Cruise's religion not an issue'
"Nighy said: "He was wonderful to work with, exemplary and I would have no idea what his system of belief was any more if he was a Jewish man or he had embraced Islam, any more than I would know what Eddie's thoughts on God were.
"It was not a feature of the working experience. He was a dreamy guy to do business with, he was inspirational and courteous and generous to everyone around him."" (Right: Cruise in Interview with Bild in Germany).
Loads and loads of Cruise pictures on that web site.
Tom Cruise And Katie Holmes Turn Heads In London
"Looking stunning and sophisticated, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes posed for photos Wednesday at the London premiere of Tom's film, 'Valkyrie.'
A beaming Katie dazzled photogs, wearing a beaded, black cocktail dress with tights -- while hubby Tom looked chic in a classic suit."
Cruise in Obama Message at UK Premiere | Metro.co.uk
"Tom Cruise stepped out at the London Premiere of Valkyrie on the red carpet but instead of talking about his new film, he got political and urged his fellow countrymen to back President Barack Obama.
Cruise, who was delighted to be back in London despite the cold, said Mr Obama had brought a sense of hope to the nation, but faced challenges which needed the whole country's support.
'He has a challenge ahead and it's up to us as a country, it's not just up to him.
'We have got to support him and I believe he is going to do it”, he continued.
The actor arrived with wife Katie Holmes, who arrived looking svelte and happy after a gruelling stint on Broadway."
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes had dinner at The I - Flash Player Installation
"“So with Tom’s working method he wants to work hard, be focused and do a hard day’s work, which is what I like to do. And then we’d all get together and there’d be these big long meal that would go on, which was great,” Izzard tells."
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes hit the red carpet for the premiere of Valkyrie in London's Leicester Square | The Sun |Showbiz|Bizarre
"The pint-sized star bared his pearly whites for the cameras with uber-elegant wife KATIE HOLMES towering over him.
The Cocktail actor beamed at fans with a confidence and decorum only known to A-listers.
When quizzed about his infamous red carpet meet-and-greets, Tom said: 'It's fun. I enjoy it.'"