Saturday, August 13, 2011

12. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 6/10


I hate the British! You are defeated but you have no shame. You are stubborn but you have no pride. You endure but you have no courage. I hate the British!

Quality - 3/5
Enjoyability - 3/5

After the pure awesomeness that was "Lawrence of Arabia", I expected a little more from David Lean's previous work. Like "Lawrence", it was quite epic, but it lacked the sweeping epic story to go along with the prodding pace, gorgeous locales, and 2.6 hour runtime. The acting was also a little hammy and over-the-top (except for the absolutely perfect Sir Alec Guinness, of course). I guess that one could find some underlying theme of control, militarism, and rule-of-war, but it doesn't really make up for the simply average story.

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