Take 3: Lawrence of Arabia Review

For Maddy Loves Her Classic Films’ blogathon, The World War One On Film Blogathon, I had originally planned on reviewing the movie, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero. However, because the film changed its DVD release date several times, with December 11th being the latest date, I had to come up with a different movie to review. Remembering MovieBabble’s list of the Top 10 Best World War I Movies, I visited this post to see what options were available at such short notice. I decided to pick Lawrence of Arabia because a) I’ve never seen it before and b) I’ve heard a lot of good things about the movie throughout the years. In fact, until I read MovieBabble’s aforementioned list, I had no idea that Lawrence of Arabia had anything to do with World War I. Despite the change of plans, I was looking forward to finally seeing this movie. Was it truly as good as almost everyone says it is? Let’s find out in my review for Lawrence of Arabia!

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Things I liked about the film:

The acting: The cast of Lawrence of Arabia was really good! Everyone on-screen brought a significant amount of believability to their roles. Peter O’Toole gave such a great performance, bringing the emotional depth that made his performance so memorable. Two of the stand-out performers in this movie were Omar Sharif and Anthony Quinn! Both of their performances were so good, it felt like their characters were truly coming to life as the events played out on-screen. The acting overall was definitely a highlight to this film!

 

The scenery: The scenery in this film is great to look at! Any scene that took place in the desert was filmed very well, making that environment appear beautiful. I also liked the architecture that was featured in the film. My favorite building in Lawrence of Arabia was the British offices in Cairo because that facility looked majestic and breath-taking.

 

Seeing World War I from a unique perspective: Whenever events from World War I or World War II are depicted in film, either characters are shown fighting on the European front or the conflicts of World War I or II are shown affecting various European countries. In Lawrence of Arabia, however, the effects of World War I are shown through the eyes of those stationed in Arabia. Like a lot of war movies or movies discussing the subject of war, there were several shared ideas in Lawrence of Arabia, such as looking out for fellow comrades, questioning the ethics of war, and individuals from various backgrounds coming together to reach a common goal. There were also ideas in Lawrence of Arabia that added uniqueness to this perspective, such as religion and the characters’ views on the two Arab tribes that were amongst Lawrence’s troop. These shared ideas and unique views of World War I make Lawrence of Arabia an interesting and compelling war movie!

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What I didn’t like about the film:

An interesting four minutes: During the first four minutes of this movie, the screen was blank while the film’s score played. I was so caught off-guard by this, that I thought something was wrong with my television.

 

Some scenes feeling more drawn out than others: While watching Lawrence of Arabia, I noticed that some scenes were drawn out more than others. The scenes that were drawn out were any of them that involved the characters traveling in the desert. Because these scenes didn’t involve a lot of action or intrigue, this affected the continuity of my interest in the film.

 

A limited amount of battles: When one thinks of a war movie, the idea of the characters fighting in at least one battle is almost always expected. Before I saw Lawrence of Arabia, I thought it would contain two smaller battles and one big, climatic battle. However, this movie contained several military confrontations and political negotiations. While these things made the film interesting, I was expecting a little more action.

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My overall impression:

One three-hour movie and a film review later, I can honestly say that Lawrence of Arabia was a good movie! However, I, personally, feel that it’s not as great as some people have made it out to be. Over the years, I think it has become a bit over-hyped. But, I can definitely see why people like it as much as they claim to. This film does have its merits and has stood the “test of time” for good reason. Lawrence of Arabia is a film that is worth checking out, whether it’s your first time seeing it or if you’re re-watching it for the billionth time. Looking back on it, Lawrence of Arabia does make a good war movie. Its unique perspective and cinematic qualities set this movie apart from all the rest.

 

Overall score: 7.7-7.8 out of 10

 

Have you seen Lawrence of Arabia? What’s your favorite war movie? Leave your thoughts below in the comment section!

 

Have fun at the movies!

Sally Silverscreen

 

If you want to check out MovieBabble’s post that I mentioned in this review, you can visit this link:

https://moviebabblereviews.com/2018/08/22/top-10-best-world-war-i-movies/

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10 thoughts on “Take 3: Lawrence of Arabia Review

  1. Pingback: The World War One On Film Blogathon Begins – Maddy Loves Her Classic Films

    1. Thanks for sharing your perspective, Patricia! As I said in my review, I thought Lawrence of Arabia was a good movie. However, it didn’t knock my socks off or sweep me off my feet as it seemed to do for other people. I guess Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero changing DVD release dates was a blessing in disguise. If things had gone according to plan, I might never have seen Lawrence of Arabia.

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  2. I LOVE this film. An epic in which the characters get their chance to shine, and are not overshadowed by the scope of the film or the visuals. The performances are all first rate. It makes you feel as though you are right there as a part of these unfolding events. It is interesting to see the effects of WW1 outside of Europe. Thanks so much for joining me for this blogathon.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Maddy! I agree with almost everything you said. I was also happy to contribute to this blogathon and possibly bring something new to the table. Definitely looking forward to your next blogathon!

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  4. I like Lawrence of Arabia very much, and it’s been a few years I’ve watched it – I remember barely seeing time go. Peter O’Toole is excellent, and technical stuff like cinematography and editing were the ones that caught my attention. Very good review.
    Don’t forget to read my contribution to the blogathon! 🙂
    Cheers!
    Le
    http://www.criticaretro.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for reading my review, Le! I read your blogathon contribution post and I thought it was very interesting! I’ve never heard of the film you referenced in your post, but it does sound fascinating.

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