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.
Despite its glaring flaws, this the sort of film that's really worth quarrelling with and that ultimately comes down to Spielberg's power as a visual storyteller. There's a scene in the film when we're looking at Oskar Schindler's reflection as he watches his despondent and deprived workers and a small flame is superimposed over Schindler's chest. Not a tear has a shed but his heart burns a little.