19 July 2010
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
I got sick and tired of that old pair of hands I had.
So basically: Three men of different ages and backgrounds are brought together by one thing: their feeling of alienation after coming back from the war. Al Stephenson is married with two teen kids. Adjusting to his family life is difficult enough, but when goes back to work at the bank too quickly, he finds his outlook on business has changed. Fred Derry was a newlywed when he left for the war. Now back, the glamour of being husband and wife is gone and his wife seems to have moved on. Homer Parish was stationed in the Pacific when his ship went down and he lost his hands. He now has hooks and everyone is acting odd around him, including his fiancée.
This movie is a tad long, but that's the only fault I can find with this movie. The three main characters were written wonderfully and interestingly. Their struggles with adjusting into society is familiar to many people, not just people returning from war. Even if one can't identify with that, the three love stories engage the audience and never becomes boring - which can happen easily when writing romance. This is one of those movies that everyone should see. And Homer certainly is one of the best written characters in cinematic history - in my personal opinion.
This defs deserves to be on the list.
Ziggi seal of approval!