Schindler’s List 25th-Anniversary Edition DVD Review


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Good Morning Lovelies, 

Back when I was in school, I watched Schindler’s List for the first time in a RE lesson. And since that moment it has forever stayed with me. As it has done with many others. Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed film is now 25 years old and to mark the occasion a special edition has been released.

The story of Oskar Schindler, portrayed by Liam Neeson, is one of Spielberg’s biggest masterpieces. Yet, as the 25th-anniversary edition shows again, it is made to be a masterpiece without the huge theatricals. Stripping the colour off the footage to black and white highlights how Spielberg reached out to his audience in a story-based manner. The film is hard to sit through no matter if you have seen it before and the close-up hand-held shots still make for realism to be brought in.

There is no need for Spielberg to go over the top dramatic. He uses his film-making knowledge to bring forward a powerful story in a gentle manner. Though the film is in no way gentle to see, even after all these years and three-hour run time. He also uses some of the best actors to give some of the most incredible performances of their careers.

Out of all of Liam Neeson’s features, this is his best. You see the pain, suffering and hope in which he gives Schindler and makes for a powerful role that no one else will be able to recreate. Alongside Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley, each character on screen is hard to forget in fact. Even more so when you know that these people are real. They did the horrific or lived through the horrors witnessed and again with Spielberg’s way of portraying it, there is no relief from it as an audience member.

25 years on and the film is still important viewing. Even if only watched once, which I imagine many audience members will do, the feature is brutal but powerful in telling one of the stories from the Holocaust. Schindler was a real person and his tale should not be forgotten. After all these years, Schindler’s List is still making sure it is told and Spielberg did it just right. There so, I am giving the film…

5 Stars

Joey X 

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