Sunday, November 25, 2007

Lawrence of Arabia (Drama 1962)

They sure don't make movies like they used to, and thank God for that. This was one of those films that you always heard about but never saw because they were considered a classic and you just didn't have time for those types of slow movies.

Since there was a huge lull in new DVDs being supplied by the DVD man, I had to resort to these types of measures in order to remain entertained. Hopefully I won't have to do this again, because I just don't have the patience to watch super-long movies with a fixed intermission in the middle.

To start out, I do respect the peeps who made this because they didn't have computers and nice CG stuff to artificially create landscapes and armies. They had to do it the old school way, which was to go on location, have a shit ton of extras, and having very expensive takes to get the needed shots. While the cinematography was top notch, considering the year it was made, the acting lacked realism and passion.

The plot was fairly solid, so at least it was well written, but Peter O'Toole was just that...a tool. He always seemed to be overacting and making crappy facial expressions to show that he was disillusioned or going mad. I didn't find him convincing at all, and because he was the main character in the film, that made the whole thing stink a little. Maybe back in the early 60s this type of acting was standard, but these days it is not.

I felt like I wasted many hours of my life by watching this...I was neither educated nor entertained. Not all Arabs can speak English either...
Rating - C