it's a great post war drama that goes over the experience of soldiers returning home from the end of war even more so for the era that it was made in. It doesn't end up being too patriotic, political, or melodramatic. I like that story doesn't turn into a tragedy which could of easily happen with the subject matter.... as most movies today would do that.
Likely on the list of the 5 Hollywood films I'd place in the time capsule as a record of cinema as the 20th century's greatest artform. From the moment our three leads meet, there's a charge in the air; it's elevated material in the hands of qualified performers, guided by a director whose touch is sensitive enough to balance all facets at play—tragedy, pathos, humor, and love. The elements of life itself.
This is THE Great American Domestic Epic: we see exactly why men who risked their lives can be stymied by the simplest everyday drama. A moral implication of deep focus photography is that each actor is given equal weight: Wyler and Toland never let us forget the plight of our heroes is forever linked to everyone else. Brilliantly acted, clearheaded, witty and a brilliant document of American fears and hopes.
Great last line "We'll have to work, get kicked around" and then they kiss. Gregg Toland is an unparalleled master at finding a way to make the look of the film coincide perfectly with the actors' performance styles. Sets are exaggerated, not so subtly suggesting the class status of the three leads. Somehow straddles the line between showy formalism and naturalism really well. Cried twice. But the music is too much.
It's Wyler and Toland, so you know BEST YEARS is gonna be the apex of old Hollywood craft, but it's also among the most powerful and singularly important movies ever made, almost anachronistic in its scale and conspicuous maturity. If you've seen the movie y'all already know this; Cathy O'Donnell has probably made you cry. I believe Charles Bukowski once wrote that all movies are garbage, this one excluded.
Let the kindness and the humanism and the sense of decency wash over you. Let the beauty and the wit and the sentimentality pierce through your heart. Let the grief and the joy and the search for acceptance touch your soul. Simply, surrender to one of the towering achievements of cinema.
A good-hearted, well-meaning war drama about 3 vets returning home and the difficulties of readjusting to civilian life. A nice enough premise but it is in parts a bit too, too dated, too scattered, too bland, and most definitely too long. If it had just focused on one of the 3 vet stories, I believe it would be a much stronger tale. It gets a C+.
Un très grand film dont la mise en scène est consciencieuse, sans artifice ni sentimentalisme désuet, malgré un sujet qui s'y prête facilement. Le film récolta une moisson d'Oscars et autres distinctions dans différents festivals pour la leçon de courage et d'espoir qu'il véhicule durablement... www.cinefiches.com
A great post-WW 2 crowd pleaser. It acknowledges the unfair reality that war heroes had to face on their return, while simultaneously injecting the illusion that, in America, you could do anything you want if you had the courage to fight for your dreams (unless, of course, you happened to be a woman, in that case, you could only dream of being a devoted wife or an insensitive golddigger).