MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2020 (#47 of 47) – The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) – Encore Review 5


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #47 of the 47.

Let’s continue with… The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Initial Viewing Memories – This is a film that I avoided watching for years because I thought it would be extremely boring. I finally got around to watching it on TV in 2001 and was mesmerized by the timelessness of the story and the way that the characters were developed.  It remains to this day one of my all-time favorite films and is for sure within my top ten.

“We don’t need to worry about that child. She can take care of herself.” – Al Stephenson

“That’s what she thinks.” – Milly Stephenson

Number of Times Seen – At least 10 (21 July 2001 on TV, DVD, 16 Jun 2013 and 31 Aug 2015, 21 Feb 2016, 20 Nov 2016, 8 Jan 2019 and 29 Jan 2020)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – Three returning soldiers from World War Two must find a way to reintegrate themselves back into the civilian lifestyle despite the changes in the world and the physical and mental scars that they accumulated during their service overseas.

My Take on it – I was actually pleasantly surprised that this film came up randomly as my final film in this birthday series.

It is not only among my all time favorite films, but it is extremely high on that list because of the way that the story flows so well.

The characters are developed really well and we get a clear idea of who these men are and what they sacrificed during their time overseas right from the start of the movie.

We also get a view of how those who remained on the home front perceived these men and the cause that they fought for.

The story unfolds really well and we get a timeless look at the difficulties that veterans face upon their return home which in some ways is even more difficult than what they dealt with during their service.

The three characters all all different in age, branches of military and marital status, yet they all have something more important in common; their desire to return to an unchanged world and this helps them form a quick bond that will forever bond them together.

This film was such a success when it came out due to its honest and unflinching look at the way that these men are treated as they attempt to reintegrate themselves into their old lives.

This film won 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Actor and Supporting Actor and is such a poignant look at things.

Love the way that the story plays out and it has such a deep message about life and what one must do in order to stay happy even if sometimes one must make tough decisions along the way.

Even after 74 years, this film is still relevant in the way that it looks at how difficult it could be for soldiers returning home from war and for those who are waiting for them because their loved ones have been changed by their experiences.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene where Fred Derry punches a loudmouth and loses his job for it was inspired by an incident that happened to director William Wyler during the war. He punched a doorman at the Statler Hotel for referring to someone with an anti-Semitic slur, and received an official reprimand for it. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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5 thoughts on “MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2020 (#47 of 47) – The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) – Encore Review 5

  1. This is one of my Top 10 Films of all time. Superb in all respects. It would be a desert island movie for me. The scene with Dana Andrews in the nose of the bomber in the plane graveyard – only sound; the scene where Fredric March first comes home and Myrna Loy sees him from the end of the hall, the scene where Harold Russell puts his hooks through the window. Indelible. Those scenes and so many more.

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    • i hope never to be on a desert island cause i could never winnow down my faves to so few. That being said, i love this film so much so it would probably be quite high if i ever was forced to make a list. great choices for scenes. i love the ‘hug’ scene cause that really drives in the story even deeper and the line right afterward is perfect

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