Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Come and See
After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet Army and experiences the horrors of World War II.
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 tore apart my emotions so much that I started crying in the last fifteen minutes. It's the last thing I expected to happen while watching a war film but I guess it's more than that. The entire film felt real to me in every way. I feel upset, disgusted and angry right now. I almost feel bad about giving it a five star rating because of the content involved but a film hasn't made me feel this way in a damn long time.. if ever! This film is going to stay in my memory for a long time.
"And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, ‘Come and see.' 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." - Book of Revelation
First impression: This is equal parts the most emotionally draining and technically astounding war film I have seen. Vast stretches go by without dialogue, but we, the audience, are not missing out on anything; the alternate blank stares, nightmarish curiosity, and terrified joviality displayed on the face of the young Aleksey Kravchenko convey all that we need to know -perhaps all there is to say -about this period of history. By the film's end, these people cannot turn back the clock, and so they march forward, and though the path is dark, and though frost and snow sets in as their legs recede into the shadows, they don't look back.
More thoughts to come.
The Great Patriotic War: a nightmare made more scary because it's no nightmare at all.
Always a treat to ruin someone's day with this movie.
How do you even begin to describe a film like this? It's the themes and tonality of Apocalypse Now done justice, or perhaps more justice than they were done in Coppolas classic. Come and See demonstrates that rawness, power and brutality in film doesn't necessarily have to come from sheer violence or chilling sequences, however scenes involving these only serve to contribute to the utter anguish and deterioration of human nature seen at play. One of the most powerful films I have seen and an absolutely haunting one at that. It's visual acuity in displaying themes of insanity, death and destruction are unparalleled, with zero dialogue being needed to show these things despite conveying them in a more powerful and profound manner than many films. Brilliant use of Mozarts "Requiem" in the most perfect situation for such a commonly used classical piece. Utterly disturbing look into human nature and depravity through the eyes of a child.
"The Horrors, the horrors of war." This quotation is what sums up this film. But what got me was the mix of beauty and horror, it was profound and unique. A masterpiece of feeling and craftsmanship. This is one of the best films I have ever seen.
Freaking disturbing. It's rare that films convey an impact to me as strongly as "Idi I Smotri" did. Shortly after the last shots I regretted watching it - knowing that in the long run I'll treasure the experience, as horrific as it was.
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