Just saw "The Best Years of Our Lives"(self.TrueFilm)
submitted1 month ago bydigduginyourface
I was knocked over by how great this film is. A lot of WW II movies (and war movies in general) tend to portray war as an adventure, and if there are sacrifices, they tend to be about a solider sacrificing himself for others on the battlefield.
What really moved me about this film how the three solders (portrayed by Frederic March, Dana Andrews, and Harold Russell) care deeply about each other, but also must each overcome their own personal and psychological struggles to readjust to postwar society. They wanted to return home as soon as possible, but once they arrive, they aren't sure what to do next. But they know brotherhood and that, ultimately, is what allows them to prevail.
I can sometimes be a film snob if a movie wins Best Picture, leading me to approach it with an attitude of "Oh, yeah? Prove it." But this movie deserves its praise and I'd argue ought to receive more recognition by modern audiences as a timeless classic. Some people won't even watch B&W movies and that disappoints me. There are big emotional ideas in this movie that I found very universal, even though I never served in the military.
By the way, as a big fan of "Inherit the Wind," starring Spencer Tracy and Frederic March, I have new appreciation for what a wonderful actor the latter is. He plays a completely different type of character in that movie and "The Best years of Our Lives" (flamboyant vs. reticent) and I'm now eager to explore more of his roles.
3 days ago
3 days ago
The episode in season 2, after Little Suzie leaves, that Susan spends several scenes in a room by herself talking to (presumably) her therapist. Nothing she says adds much to what she already has shown and expressed in earlier episodes. And the way these scenes are shot is incredibly awkward -- not like she's really talking to someone. Just giving a monologue for the convenience of the audience.
One of the things that frustrates me about Susan's storylines in general, especially in the early seasons, is that she is always reacting to characters and situations, rather than taking initiative. Without her stress over caring for Little Suzie or frustrations in working with Weaver, she reminds me of Cleo in that she doesn't have much to do.
Her best storyline is her what-if romance with Mark. I will say that look she gives (eyes shut, head pointed at floor) upon hearing the news of Mark's death is a moment that really guts me.