The story is a great one, and it still holds up even when you watch it multiple times. It always takes me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. I greatly enjoy all of the cast except, sadly, Mark Lester. He takes the cute na´vetÚ too far, it seems so unbelievable when taken to that extreme. But I tolerate that, because it works for the character.
My only other problem with Oliver is one that I very rarely say about a film...it seems too short. Wait, did I just say a 2.5 hour movie seems short? Let me clarify: the story feels like it is taking place over a span of only two days. There were moments when I think it would have helped the story to give the illusion that a little time had passed.
In the long run, I think Oliver is a very enjoyable film. I can probably get the same enjoyment by listening to the soundtrack, but that's not a terrible thing in a musical. The story warms my heart and makes me smile. I could see it turning off people who don't enjoy classic musical style, but that's right up my alley.
the songs are memorable. Ron Moody great as Faigen Oliver Reed scary as Sykes and the story good. Classic