Lawrence of Arabia 1962 ★★★★★

(4/140)

I like an epic as much as the next man (if the next man is someone who enjoys dozing off in front of some swords and sandals on a sick day) but this is something else and naive as it may have been I wasn't expecting to be as blown away by it as I was. Those first few shots of the desert would take anyone's breath away and Lawrence's trip back into the desert to rescue Gasim is brilliantly done.

It goes without saying O'Toole is magnificent (though it might have been nice of the Academy to mention it).

No matter what anyone says, 3 and a half hours plus is too damn long for a film, but I never stopped caring. If the overlong, flabby, CGI-riddled epics of today had screenplays half as controlled and eloquent as this I'd complain about them less.

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