In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.
Here is my 15th review of the 90 chosen Films…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Dec 2017)
Brief Synopsis – While their loved ones are away fighting World War II, the troubles on the homefront are not as simple as one might suspect.
My Take on it – I am so shocked that I never heard of this film before because it reminds me of one of my all time favorite movies, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) in the way that it depicts how life continued on the homefront both during and after the end of World War II.
This film is done so amazingly and despite its 3 hour runtime, they are able to take a real complex subject and present it to us in such a heart warming and heart wrenching way all at the same time.
The choice to mix and match numerous parallel storylines in the film was a great one because it gives us some a vast perspective on everything that was going on at that time which actually makes it all even more realistic.
In addition, the idea to show how various generations look at the same war from different viewpoints is quite interesting to see and they present it really well.
The cast is superb and all 7 main characters are able to hold there own in every scene they appear in.
Despite having to follow various storylines all at once, this is done in a simple way to help us follow it all as things move forward.
I must say tho, that after having seen this film, I have no idea what the Academy members were thinking when they chose to give this film only 1 Oscar for its 9 nominations and even choose a different film as Best Picture that year because this film is so much more impactful than Going My Way (1944) could ever be.
Bottom Line – Amazing film that takes a complex subject and makes it so heartwarming. The mixing and matching of numerous parallel storylines works extremely well and it helps make it all seem so realistic. The multi-generational look at how people perceive war is done superbly. The cast is great and despite multiple characters and storylines, this film is so easy to follow as things move forward. Still shocked that this film only got one Oscar win of its 9 nominations (for dramatic musical score) and it is so much better than the eventual winner, Going My Way (1944). Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This came about because David O. Selznick wanted to make a film that showed his support for the war effort. He deliberately did not want to make a traditional war movie. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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