A while ago I watched To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time and was absolutely wowed by it. The movie would go on to be dethroned for a chance of Best Picture by Lawrence of Arabia and I couldn’t wait to see if it deserved that honor. In short, it did. Lawrence of Arabia is INCREDIBLE!
The last near-four-hour epic I watched was Ben-Hur, a movie that was just as extraordinary in scale and grandeur. I couldn’t wait to see if Lawrence of Arabia could reach those same standards and I was absolutely blown away by this story that stretched for hours, delivering a powerful epic that kept me riveted until the very end.
David Lean would win Best Director and deservedly so. The aspect that wowed me the most about this movie was its incredible scope, its wide images that sucked you into the vast deserts with its sprawling skies or towering mountains among the arid landscape.
Not to mention, Peter O’ Toole was an absolute sensation in this film. The eight-time Oscar-nominated actor would lose to Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird for an Oscar for Best Actor but that didn’t make his role in this film any less exceptional.
Peter O’ Toole was exceptional with his striking bluest of blue eyes that bore into your very soul and his incredible acting prowess. His journey from British intelligence officer to leader of the Arab Revolt over the grand span of four hours was exceptional but what was most fascinating was how he seemed to grow slowly more and more depressed until, by the conclusion, you understand just how tragic his death was by the time of his motorcycle accident in England.
This movie was good. Absolutely fantastic on a number of levels and I will definitely watch it again, probably sooner rather than later.
I’m giving this movie 5 out of 5 stars and 100 out of 100. It’s nothing short of a masterpiece.
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