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 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+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 #36 of the 48.
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Initial Viewing Memories – Was completely blown away watching this on the screen and returned a few weeks later to watch it on an IMAX screen. Still great watching at home, but there is no question about how much the big screen adds o a film like this.
“I’m sorry about your friend. May I tell you something you probably already know. It doesn’t do to dwell on it.” – Captain Smith
Number of Times Seen – 5 (2 Jan 2020, 2 Feb 2020, 26 Mar 2020, 2 Jul 2020 and 21 Jan 2021)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – During World War I, two soldiers are sent across enemy lines in order to deliver an important message to a field commander before a major offensive is launched.
My Take on it – Brilliant war film that works on so many levels. The continuous take aspect of the film helps the viewer feel as if they are right there with these soldiers during their quest. The way that the film depicts things is superbly done because we get to see how much rehearsal and set up is needed for each part of this story. The special effects are wondrous and make things feel so realistic especially when dealing with the amount of carcasses strewn across a battlefield or a river. The film is able to allow us to think that we are using more than just two of our senses watching this story unfold. The way that the story is put together is amazing especially in scenes where we see things in the distance that eventually become an integral part of the story. The cast id great and the choice to us more recognizable actors in the more senior roles while keeping the jr roles for unfamiliar faces also helps make things feel more realistic the hole way through. The film’s attention to detail is mesmerizing to watch because it helps enhance the feeling that this story could have actually occurred. Still shocked even after almost a year that this film lost the two top Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One of the biggest headaches for the film crew was a cigarette lighter that wouldn’t work on cue in one scene, leading to several retakes and wasting most of a day’s filming. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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