For Feb 2nd: Schindler’s List

Yes I know I should have seen this by now.  I was very young when it came out  and I have only been able to watch “R” rated movies for 5 years now.  Not to mention, watching it is quite an investment of time at 3 hours and 15 minutes.

If you don’t know the story of the movie it is based on the story of Oskar Schindler.  Schindler was a German industrialist during WWII.  He employed over a thousand Jews in his factory because they were free labor and he was a shrewd businessman.  Eventually, he learned that his accountant had been using his factory as a haven for Jewish people, to save them from the labor and death camps.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

Great, sweeping story set against the epic backdrop of WWII Poland.  The writing and characters are great.  Sometimes I found myself listening to the dialogue more than watching the action on-screen

Acting: 2/2

Liam Neeson is amazing in the title role.  He breathes life into the character and brings a warm presence to the screen.  Ben Kingsley is great alongside him as his assistant Mr. Stern.  Ralph Fiennes also brings his brand of tortured evil to the movie, practicing for “Harry Potter” I’m sure.

Photography/Set: 2/2

Perfectly period sets photographed beautifully.  Spielberg  is able to make a film in black and white every bit as gorgeous as in color.

Sound/FX: 2/2

The good sound work and special effects are mainly set to the side as plot devices without any focus.  But they are extremely good, which helps them maintain their reality.

Misc: 1.5/2

A perfectly framed story about the triumph of humanity.  In the vein of “Doctor Zhivago”.

VERDICT: 9/10

A great watch for any cinema-loving adults!

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