So simple and personal but so gigantic in its scope. No idea how Melville does this, but it works on every level imaginable and ends on a satisfactory list of tough questions. Multiple viewings will most likely be required.
The more I think about this one the more I like it. One of the better villains in any Marvel movie so far and the ending is a huge benefit to the film overall. I think it gives it a power that none of the other films have. The biggest disconnect for me is that for the film to fully connect, I'm supposed to be invested in somewhere around 64 protagonists all with different motivations and stories. Even a movie…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This film embodies everything that I love about the Criterion Collection. It is merely circumstantial that it happened to be the very first DVD that the Criterion Collection ever released, a fact I did not know until after setting out to write this article. La Grande Illusion is a film set during World War I. It was directed by one of the masters of French film, Jean Renoir, and was a monumental movie when it was released in 1937.