Schindler's List Reviews
I don't have a whole lot to say about this one since, well, everyone has already said what I'd like to say. It's just a superbly-crafted work that exudes mastery of the craft. I'm not even going to bother discussing the plot, cast, etc. as I'd just be wasting time- this is simply a tremendous film.
To finish off, I'll say one thing- this film is black and white, and red. It's impossible to forget the red when everything else is black and white.
JUST WATCH IT, OKAY!?!?!?
A truly rare film this is. Expensive businessman Oscar Schindler (Liam Neeson) puts Jews to work in his factory during the Holocaust, but slowly wants to place them in his work so he can save them. One galvanizing, painful scene after another, an uniquely spellbinding experience, a triumph for its actors (Neeson, Ben Kinsley and especially Ralph Fiennes who's freighting as a Nazi general), staggering photography; a masterpiece in every respect. Scene with Fiennes on top of a balcony, picking off Jews with a sniper rifle, is one of the greatest movie scenes of all-time. Winner of seven richly deserved Oscars: Picture, masterful direction by Steven Speilberg, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, brilliant Cinematography, Art-Direction, phenomenal Editing and for John Willaims' most evocative Score to date.
As the Jews are moved from the Ghettos of Poland to the Krakow concentration camp, Mr., Stern uses his position to hire as many workers from the Jewish population as he can. When it gets to the point of the prison being ready to shut down in 1944 towards the end of the war, rumors of shipping out the Jews to Auschwitz begin to circulate. Mr. Schindler, through movement of compassion for the Jews, realizes that he can use the money he has earned to buy the Jews and have them work for him instead of being shipped out.
The climactic, and human part of the story, is seeing life from the perspective of the Jews who were help in the concentration camp and the daily embarrassment and humiliation they faced daily at the hands of the SS and the camp comandant, Amon Goeth (played by Ralph Fiennes). The brutality and attempt at mass extermination of the Jews is put on display for the viewer in utter and complete detail.
Shoah is the biblical term for destruction and, in the case of the Jews, a reference to what occurred at this time period of the Jews at the hands of the Nazis in Europe. The total and complete attempt to wipe out the Jewish population at the hands of the Nazis seems to play into the hands of this term. At the same time, it also seems such an insignificant word to ascribe to the murder and genocide of 6 million Jews.
At the end of the movie, Schindler realizes that he could have done more to save 10 more, 2 more, even just one more and regrets his inability to such. Mr. Stern, after typing out the list of 850 names that Schindler bought from the Germans, says "The list is an absolute good. The list is life." The pivotal and heart wrenching wonderful scene is at the end when the actors portraying their roles in the movie, accompany the actual survivors to the tomb of Oskar Schindler and pay their respects to a man who showed compassion. It is estimated that Oskar Schindler saved 1,200 Jews from the gas chambers. Today the generations of those he saved is estimated at 7,000 because of his love.
Liam Neeson's Schindler is very human, and you can identify yourself with the character. He's ambitious, but he never gets what he wanted: to be rich. He moves to Krakow, Poland, to take advantage of the situation, and be a success businessman, the Jews were under increasing pressure from the Nazis. He was very opportunist, selfish, and manipulative, at the end of the film, he becomes a totally different person. Ben Kingsley's Itzhak Stern is also amazing, he's a very strong character, a character that you can feel compassion and, you hope that he can be fine by the end of the film. That's one wonderful thing in the film, you care about the characters, even if is for a brief moment on screen, like the little girl with the red coat.
The photography is stunning, all black and white, like a documentary, you feel like you're watching a History Channel's documentary, but, more real and with an amazing direction.
In conclusion, Schindler's List is a great film about war, and one of the bests films Steven Spielberg ever made. A wonderful epic that you can see a despicable man turn into a better person, which helped more than one thousand Jews from certain death.
I think the lesson to be learned from this is that everybody goes through a battle with evil. Ralph Fiennes' character is the one who shows this the most. He falls in love with one of the Jewish girls and feels like he is doing something wrong. He knows if he is caught with her he will be treated as a sympathiser. It shows the true horrors of Nazi Germany.
Best Spielberg movie ever made.