Monday, April 16, 2012
Schindler's List (1993) review
This is possibly the best film on the Holocaust that has been and will ever be made.
PLOT:Based on a true story, this takes place during the Holocaust when Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), a German businessman, sees an opportunity to make money off of the Nazi's powerful reign. He decides to give several out-of-work, useful Jews a job in a pot-making factory with his associate, Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley), who is also Jewish. Business is booming for a while until Schindler's Jews are assigned to a labor camp under the cruel hands of Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes), who is cruel enough to snipe random Jews from his home balcony. Though Schindler is only in it for the business, he begins to develop a heart and sense of humanitarianism. He then finds himself trying to save the Jews over his business. It's a very interesting plot based on the true story and it's executed to this finest and truest performance.
ACTING:The acting was brilliant. Neeson has always had my respect from when he fought a sith lord (Star Wars), to when he went searching for his daughter who is also a fish (Ponyo), and even when he crash landed in a pack of wolves (The Grey), but in here was without a doubt his best performance yet and will probably always be. I really don't know, for I can see a lot of potential in Neeson. I also thought Kingsley did a fine job. Fiennes didn't do a bad job either. There really wasn't a bad performance in this entire 3 hour film.
SCORE:The score is composed of several haunting themes that seem just elegant enough for such an unelegant event. I didn't care for it, but it was very well composed.
OTHER CONTENT:This was, simply put, a perfect film. The editing was perfect, the relation to the true story was perfect, the direction was perfect; everything was just perfectly done. Spielberg shows us in here that he has a sense of perfectionism not seen in his other films. This has got to be his best work by far. I was truly a fan of the clean-cut editing, for it did the job of making perfect cinema. This also had enough shocking violence and emotional stirrings to touch my heart and give me the feel of how haunting the whole thing was.
OVERALL,an epic film with a finely executed plot, brilliant acting, well composed score, clean cut editing, and every thing being made to look perfect.