The film is so grand in scope, That you can’t help but be swept away by it. Even it’s running time is long. There is little subtlety in this film everything seems larger then life including it’s theme.
It’s nice to see legendary actors true talents of there time working together on a project worthy of there talents. Unlike today the only time you get to see worthy actors together for a film. It seems to be for a comic book movie or a bad run of the mill cliche ridden story. I think maybe it’s the actors ego’s of today that is less about collaboration and being shown up on screen. But my thinking is if you have co-stars it keeps you on top of your game, Though it may also be the Fact that actor’s salaries are so high today and most budgets must stay mid-size. The irony is that classic actors who have become legendary were more then willing to collaborate where as the disposable actors of today are all about themselves and there non-existent legacy.
Today the film would actually have to cast arab actors instead of classically trained brits for most of the roles. The brits do no disservice to there characters. The only one who comes close to being the same ethnicity of his character is Omar Shariff.
This film truly is the definition of word epic. Watching this film is like reading a great novel. It fills in all the details and motives for the story. Where as other directors would have condensed or explained certain story aspects in dialogue. Instead of showing them. It presents a character who is both idealistic and brave. But get overcome with his own reputation. He is capable of mercy, fear and over the top revenge.
I warn you if your going to watch this clear your calendar as it is almost 4 hours long. David Lean’s camerawork is amazing he makes everything beautiful and most of the movie takes place in the desert. There is nothing more beautiful then the sight of peter o’toole the Brad Pitt of his day. (With infinitely more talent) The sight of his piercing blue eyes n the dry landscape across the desert. You can see what made women’s heart A flutter. Yes, I am a straight male.
I’m sure with all these classic actors who were all notorious drinkers casting this film a quarter of the budget was spent on booze. The battle scenes while not as action filled as we are so used today are amazingly shot and choreographed. A true sight to behold.