The Top 63 Marathon, part 58 (#6)
Title: Schindler’s List
Length: 195 minutes
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Thomas Keneally
Starring: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes
Music: John Williams (and non-original music)
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Score, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and Best Editing; Oscar nominations for Best Actor (Neeson), Best Supporting Actor (Fiennes), Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Sound; currently #7 on the IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: a WWII German businessman saves his slaves’ lives
How I saw it: on video a few times, most recently yesterday (rented from Netflix)
Concept: Terrible. It is probably possible to think of a concept for a movie that I would like less. I can’t do it, though; if you squeezed any more of my pet peeves into a single screenplay, it would just get silly.
Story: Indifferent. The holocaust you say? And all the main characters survive? Of course they do. It’s inspirational that way.
Characters: Indifferent. There’s some good development for Neeson’s character, I guess. The only thing that could possibly have saved the Nazi character from being complete crap (oh, look, a sadistic Nazi commander – I bet he won’t let Cinderella go to the ball) was an amazing performance by someone like Ralph Fiennes (check).
Dialog: Good. Would have been “great,” but I had to take a point off for the text blurbs.
Pacing: Indifferent. Doesn’t need to be half as long, but I’ve been bored much more by shorter movies.
Special effects/design: Great.
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent). I don’t know what people see in this sort of movie. Okay, this one in particular is shot really well and all that, and I was able to appreciate the craftsmanship. But the show-people-something-horrible-that-really-happened story just seems so… easy.
Objective Rating: 2.6/4 (Good).