31 Days of Oscar Blogathon – The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) – Encore Review 2


This post is part of the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon being held this month by Kellee over at Outspoken and Freckled along with Aurora, of Once Upon a Screen and Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club.  Thanks for letting me contribute!

best-years-of-our-lives“Give ’em time, kid; they’ll catch on. You know your folks’ll get used to you, and you’ll get used to them. Then everything’ll settle down nicely. Unless we have another war. Then none of us have to worry because we’ll all be blown to bits the first day. So cheer up, huh? ” – Butch

Number of Times Seen – At least 10 (21 July 2001 on TV, DVD, 16 Jun 2013 and 31 Aug 2015 and 21 Feb 2016)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – The lives of three WWII veterans are turned upside down upon their return home.

My Take on it – Have I said yet how much I love this film???

It’s one of my favorite films ever and is also one of the Best Best Pictures.

It’s so interesting to watch a movie made 70 years ago and see how unfortunately times haven’t changed much since.

There are still thousands upon thousands of men and women returning from war who can relate to most of the situations detailed in this movie.

This movie came out a year after WWII ended and it feels, in a way, as if Director William Wyler was saying to the public: “here are your veterans back…treat them well because it isn’t easy overseas, but it also isn’t easy returning home”

Its message is still quite effective today.

The cast is superb; Fredrick March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Theresa Wright and Harold Russell all give award worthy performances.

March, Russell and Wright each won an Oscar for their roles and Russell even won an additional Oscar for his work.  He is the only actor in Academy history to receive two Oscars for the same role in the same movie.

In total, this film won 9 Oscars.

The depiction of the hardships of veterans and their families are shown in harsh and honest detail but despite it all we get much better insight into why.

Many scenes and dialogue convincingly convey so much to us about their lives both before, during and after their experiences in war.

The question remains as to what years in their lives were the best (before, during or after the war) and I think it’s suppose to be ambiguous because everyone can decide for him or herself what they are because even the characters differ on that interpretation.

Despite its near 3 hour running time, I never get bored and can keep enjoying it over and over.

This film beat It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) for Best Picture that year and the choice was the correct one.

If you’ve never seen this, I strongly suggest that you give it a try!

Bottom Line – One of the best movies ever!!  Unfortunately, it is still equally relevant today as it was 70 years ago and is still as effective. Amazing cast led by March, Andrews, Loy and Wright.  Russell is very effective in his first movie.  Really gives us a chilling overview of the difficulties of veterans and their families when they must re-acclimate to civilian life.  Winner of 9 Oscars including two for Russell himself.  Extremely poignant and spot-on in so many scenes.  Love the ambiguity of the title because it fits numerous situations.  I can watch this one over and over despite its length. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  In order to give the film a documentary-style realism, the director drew each member of the crew – props, grips, mixers, etc. – from the ranks of WWII veterans. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)

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