The Guns of Navarone Reviews
It is a well-made adventure film. But somehow, I feel that something is still not quite in place. Maybe it aims to be an action-packed popcorn movie. There are truly some thrilling moments and they are designed to make you sit at the edge of your seat. I think I am not happy with the human drama they forcedly imposed.
But then again I am asking for too much. It is afterall entertaining and a favourite film to many people, including some royalties or so the making-of documentary claims.
The strength of the film lies in the unusual team that take on this seemingly impossible mission & how they get out of each predicament they find themselves in.
Both Gregory Peck & Anthony Quinn steal the show in their roles & this film works in its fast pace & genuinely entertaining story against the odds. Although a fictional film it feels like it could have happened & the film has such a sense of realism.
"Guns Of Navarone" is a classic World War II ensemble movie based on Alistair MacLean's 1957 novel "The Guns of Navarone", which was inspired by the Battle of Leros during the Dodecanese Campaign of World War II. It was nominated for several Oscars and part of a cycle of big-budget World War II adventures that included "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957), "The Longest Day" (1962) and "The Great Escape" (1963). Compared to the other mentioned movies, I must confess that I think that "Guns Of Navarone" is quite "boring" and never really sparks despite very strong performances from all involved. Personally I think that Richard Harris 5 minute dialogue in the beginning of the film is one of the best parts of the movie. Yes, we have lavish sets, beautiful environments, solid dialogue, strong performances as said, good character development, internal conflicts, subplots, suspense at times and the germans actually speak german. But, I couldn´t help wonder why you spend so much time on the shipwreck scene the team almost don´t survive from and the same goes for the climbing of the cliff as this is not made in a very suspenseful way in my opinion. I felt that the movie dragged and the production failed to keep my full attention at least. It just didn´t tickle my fancy as much as other World War II movies from the same era.