In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.
Here is my 27th review of the 89 chosen Films…
“Oh, God, but it’s good to be alive! The Earth is like a field in summer, just bursting with good things. Someday, when all the wars are over, someone young will lead us to the harvest. As long as there are children, anything is possible. ” – Tsar Nicholas II
Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Dec 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Dramatization of the final days of the Romanov house that ruled Russia.
My Take on it – This is another Best Picture winner that I knew nothing about at all and was surprised to see how great a job they did creating this epic story.
What’s even more interesting is the fact that much of the story here is based on subjective sources because since the Iron Curtain was closed off t the world, no one truly knew what happened to the Romanov family once the Revolution began.
I liked the way they did this because it was quite interesting to watch.
The one drawback is the fact that it feels a bit long and despite having to cover much ground, they could have made parts a bit tighter.
I liked the way that the royal family is depicted and we get to see how human they were despite their flaws and mistakes made along the way which makes it feel even more genuine to watch what happened to them as the coming storm of revolution inched closer and closer.
Bottom Line – Nice epic depiction of what possibly transpired behind closed doors right before the Russian Revolution in 1917. The royal family is seen as quite human, flaws and all and we can appreciate the way they lived their lives before the coming storm. A bit long despite needing to cover much ground. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – There are many historical inaccuracies in this film, but neither the film makers nor Robert K. Massie, whose book this title is based upon, can be held responsible for the inaccuracies in regard to characters and events. When Robert K. Massie initially researched materials for his book, the Soviet government was still in power in Russia and would only authorize viewing of those “facts” that had been assumed by people and “approved” by the then ruling government to be examined by researchers of the Romanov family. It was not until the Soviet government fell in 1991 that documents that had been secreted away and which were hidden from the public could be fully examined and researched. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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