Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Come and See
A boy is unwillingly thrust into the atrocities of war in WWII Byelorussia, fighting for a hopelessly unequipped resistance movement against the ruthless German forces. Witnessing scenes of abject terror and accidentally surviving horrifying situations he loses his innocence and then his mind.
Jesus Christ. On second thought, let's not send 13 year olds to war.
This is one of the most powerful war films I've ever seen. I've had a pretty great upbringing thus far in life and I've never personally experienced an atrocity so it's hard to relate or make judgements on how this compares to the real thing. Some movies do a good job of capturing what war can be like. From what I read, films like Saving Private Ryan, Jarhead, Black Hawk Down (in parts), Apocalypse Now, have some scenes that ring true with veterans. This movie is uncomparable to those in more ways than one. This movie sets a new standard in making war seem like hell. A…
One of the more upsetting experiences I've had in a long time, and a true document of evil so disturbing, only human beings could fathom such horror. The fact everything on screen actually occurred on my planet is proof we're doomed as a species...eventually, maybe not in our lifetime.
Come and See is a film I find almost impossible to review. Describing watching a film as an 'experience' often detracts from the quality of the piece, but going by the profound effect the film had on me I really feel no other word can do it justice.
World War 2 films often seem to fall victim to Hollywood romanticism and sensationalism and while that certainly has some appeal, I always prefer my war films on the grimmer side. Grim and bleak is something the Russians do really well and combined with the atrocities that occurred during WW2 in Belarus, what we are presented with is one of the most disturbing and confrontational studies of the devastating effects of war…
It feels very awkward writing a review on the notorious Come and See while listening to the theme song from My Neighbor Totoro but I'll give it a go anyway.
Harrowing, Tormenting, Agonizing. There are many adjectives one can use to attempt to describe this film but none of them seem to do it justice. In another review (Steven Jordan's) the word Nightmarish is used and I think it's probably the one that gets closest to the relentless terror that is on-screen and the interesting thing about this is that it implies something of the supernatural happening here, but the true reason why it feels like one of the worst nightmares I've ever had is that the events depicted actually…
Come and See is undoubtedly the most heartbreaking film I've ever watched, with a really powerful and mesmerizing performance by actor Aleksey Kravchenko, who portrays Florya Gaishun, a young Belorussian boy that faces the atrocities of WWII. There are some very disturbing and graphic scenes, but what makes this such a devastating experience is how director Elem Klimov captures the gradual loss of innocence of this boy and his descent to insanity due to these horrendous acts of violence. Aleksey's facial expressions and gestures truly demonstrate his character's total despair in later portions of the film in a very moving way, but you also see him excited and anxious to join the Soviet resistance movement in the beginning of the…
I'm not sure about a lot of things for this movie. I'm not sure what I just watched, for one thing. So, I'm not sure what rating to give this. Come and See is too important a film, that giving it a mere five stars seems inadequate and feels like an injustice. So, I'm settling with not giving this a rating.
That's one thing I'm sure of, at least.
Another thing I'm pretty sure of is this: I didn't like this film.
Let me explain.
The adjectives "painful," "brutal," "traumatizing," and a few more choice words are simply not enough to describe my experience of the film. Can we classify this as a horror movie also? Watching this has terrified…
There are plenty of films that celebrate the victory of war. Most do this by romanticising the battles faced, and ends with happiness and optimism. Come and See was made to celebrate the Soviet victory in a World War II during the Nazi occupation of Belarussian land. This doesn't feel like a celebration though ; it is absolutely devoid of optimism and presents some of the most harrowing and realistic consequences of war.
The use of a child lead helps the audience to see the initial naive eagerness to impress — the innocence — get replaced by fear, madness, and the gradual devolution of humanity. This is portrayed brilliantly by Aleksei Kravchenko, who brings sincerity, gritty determinism, and a manic…
GREAT RUSSIAN WWII FILM
"Didn't i tell you not to dig"
Come and See follows a young Belarusian Flyora who wants to join the army and fight in the war. From then on Floyra's life and whole universe change to a point of no return.
This won't be a very long review but this film had me going. Truely one of this most terrifyingly realistic war films i have ever seen. A child soldier who wanted to willingly fight, and all we do is watch as war takes everything that makes a young boy innocent away from him.
This film extremely captivates the reality of war. I was left silent through out the whole film almost horrified by some of the incidents occurring on…
A horror show that grows more nightmarish with each frame. Tender and comic moments punctuate the film but only add weight to the carnage that follows. Yet despite its unrelenting bleakness Come and See achieves a kind of horrific beauty-- some of these images will be seared into my memory forever. The most visceral depiction of war I've ever seen.
A tour de force that left me in the fetal position for over an hour. I true portrait of humanity at it's worse and the blurred line between what is humane. Devious in plot. I found myself falling in love with Olga Mironova's character. Still somewhat speechless.
The greatest film ever made
With Aguirre: The Wrath of God still fresh in my memory, I could not help but view Elem Klimov’s Come and See through a Herzogian lens. I mean, there’s the dense green scenery that occupies the opening of the film. But like the Aguirre character, Klimov’s protagonist attempts to assert himself over nature. Here’s a young boy who finds a gun and believes himself fit for war. He rejects his family and quickly accepts his duties as a soldier – embracing this delusion of grandeur as his pathway to manhood.
But Florya is but a boy. Whereas Aguirre actively trudges, blinded by his own insanity, Florya contains the horrors he witness until he bursts. Florya attempting to shield his ears,…
7, And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8, And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Sometimes a film reaches beyond description and writing a review feels like a redundant proposition given the scope of what you have just experienced. In many ways I wish every film I watched left me with a similar feeling.
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