Directed by: David Lean
Starring: Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn
Yeah, I don’t know why I watched three really good movies in a row, either. It was a total fluke, I swear. You’ll notice that they were bookended by paint-peelingly bad movies, so I think it probably evens it out a little.
Lawrence of Arabia is a movie about three plucky carpenters who get into all kinds of trouble, and– wait, no, it’s about a guy named Lawrence who spends a lot of time in Arabia. T.E. Lawrence goes against the best strategies of his imperialistic Britain and embraces the guerilla tactics of their Arabian allies in their war against the Turks during WWI. He struggles with the burdens of leadership and the horrors of war, and in the end we’re left with the dichotomy between the way the public perceived him as a hero and the way he thought of himself as a monster.
This movie is beautiful. Every frame of this film could be hung in a museum, and it has an extremely well-deserved reputation as an amazing and revolutionary film (no pun intended). However, it is a three and a half hour long war epic, and if that isn’t the most interesting subject in the world to you, it can definitely take it’s toll. It’s a lot like 2001: A Space Odyssey, where it’s gorgeous and has legitimate film nerd stuff about it, but if you don’t find the concept of artificial intelligence REALLY interesting, you will fall asleep halfway through. So, that being said, if you’re interested in the subject material and you want to see a career-making performance out of Peter O’Toole (also Alec Guinness is pretty good, and he’s basically exactly Obi-Wan Kenobi), then see Lawrence of Arabia. Get nice and stoned and just veg out, I promise your eyes will love you.