No other movie has explored to a such detail one of the darkest chapters of 20th century. Rarely has black & white felt like a character of itself while adding to the feel of dread and historical significance of the events. Beyond Neeson's and Fiennes' towering performances, there's an entire mass of living souls played by ordinary stunts. Although the ending breakdown turns it into a tale, the rest remains untouched
I can't say if this a good or mediocre film. It's like a ''sad but not too gruesome version of the shoah for the Hollywood audience''. One could hardly fill ''mainstream cinemas'' with showing the true terror of what the victims of the Nazis have endured and no one probably should try to do so. I like about this film that Spielberg made people of aware of what happened. Never forget so it won't happen again.
An absolute masterpiece of a film....until it's not. There's so much beauty and poetry and poignancy throughout, but unfortunately the actual story of a man going from greedy businessman to selfless hero is bungled badly. By the end, I simply don't buy into Schindler's transformation or his anointment as a noble hero. Too bad as everything else is so great. I wish I could give it a higher score but...I give it a B.
Sentimentality here is ignorance. Humans beings are ordinary jungle beasts. The Aztecs practiced human sacrifice and kill thousands of people just because of religion; until today torture is a dictator's weapon. This is human beings just like us we're talking about. Spielberg isn't a genius but his budget is really interesting and his movies gain a lot with it, technically.
Look past the 90's commercial considerations that seem to have necessitated an emotive score and redemptive ending, and this ranks among Steven Spielberg's major accomplishments. This is due in no small part to Janusz Kaminski's lush black & white photography and a pair of great performances from Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes, the latter of whom is absolutely chilling in his portrayal of decadent yet banal evil.
This is an epic historical movie. Based on true story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved thousands Jews from Holocaust tragedy. A masterpiece work from the director Steven Spielberg. Maybe if you like history, this is one of the movie that you should be watch before you dead. Brace your heart, because many sad tragedy here.