I've never been a huge Spielberg fan, but I've always been fascinated by the Holocaust and the Third Reich. I appreciate Spielberg's sentiment at attempting to get the public to know of this tragedy, and the film is all in all quite good. But if I'm being completely frank, this film will never be a great film for me, because there are so many superior Holocaust films. This is just a feel-good film about a tragedy.
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.