Son of Saul (2015)

Son of a… Hungarian movies and I just don’t get along. At least this movie wasn’t a hundred hours long, but I’m getting a little tired of Holocaust movies. Schindler’s List is impossible to beat and this movie just copied the over-the-shoulder camera angle from Birdman. I was glad that you could tell horrible things were happening but you didn’t have to see them up close and personal like a Saw movie would do. The acting from Géza Röhrig was excellent, but that’s about all the glowing review I can give this film. It was cramped and depressing like a concentration camp… which maybe was the movie’s point. I just got done watching the movie Irrational Man before this and I must say, that title fits this movie a lot better. Saul is just incredibly irrational through the whole film, then again he was a Sondarkommando so that isn’t a very rational choice either. I’d pass on this one, unless you just love the movie Birdman, then maybe you’ll find this one interesting too.

33/100

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Life is Beautiful (1997)

This movie is beautiful. Roberto Benigni does a fantastic job of making a movie about the holocaust beautiful and funny, which aren’t the normal adjectives that you would use for the film’s subject matter. It was sad too, but he did a good job of making it more lighthearted than sad. Benigni was an adorable father, you just want to see him succeed and survive in the harsh world of Nazi territory. There are other WWII films that I enjoy more, but this one is quite pleasant to see. Check this one out, it’s really good.

88/100

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Schindler’s List (1993)

A perfectly touching, gritty and beautiful masterpiece. I don’t love everything Steven Spielberg does, but he did a great job with this film. My biggest problem is that it is a very lengthy movie (I watched it in three parts) but I understand the journey he had to take the audience through. I loved the black and white filming with a pop of color at certain segments of the plot. The characters were all lovable even Ralph Fiennes, the man you love to hate. Liam Neeson gives a stellar performance and breaks your heart at the end of the film. The final scene of the film with the survivors is enough to make anyone cry their eyes out. I also have to give some great credit to Ben Kingsley in his great role, he isn’t a man of great emotion but he performed it beautifully. This will truly be a classic for ages.

100/100

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