For this month’s first review for Genre Grandeur – Bestselling/Popular Novel Adaptations, here’s a review of The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) by Ryan of Ten Stars or Less
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Richard of Kirkham A Movie A Day and it is Swashbuckler Films
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Let’s see what Ryan thought of this movie:
The Bridge on the River Kwai won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, in 1958. Now we’ve come a long way since those days in terms of story telling and film making, and I always dread watching older movies because I can’t sit through slow pacing and little to no special effects. This film has been on my watch list for years, and since I finally bought a copy of Pierre Boulle’s novel Planet of the Apes, I thought it was time to dig deeper into his mind and see the other masterpiece he provided us with. At the end of this 2:45 long movie I felt conflicted, conflicted in the sense that this movie sucked, but is loved by the masses and the Academy. The ending was the only saving grace for me personally because everything leading up to it dragged on forever. The story moved at a snail’s pace and was really only driven by dialogue. I didn’t expect an epic World War II action movie like Saving Private Ryan, but still expected something. A push back of the British held captive, or anger Japanese over the fact the project always seem behind schedule. One our heroes escapes and then gets thrown back into the fire. The story flowed and all the pieces came together for a very climatic ending, but that was the only highlight for me. The Bridge served many purposes, it showed that nothing could break the spirit of the captive British soldiers, while showcasing the power and might of the Japanese high command. The Americans in the film did their usual “cowboy” stuff which played a major factor in the finale, yet they were never the focal point of a movie. For someone who grew up in North America, the historical significance of WWII is always about the impact and suffering of the America military. It was refreshing to see other stories about the war and the sacrifices other soldiers went through. Overall though, I’m thrill to cross this movie off my list and wouldn’t give it my undivided attention again should I ever find myself watching it. I can respect what it set out to achieve and did, this movie just wasn’t for me. 4/10