these long movies are starting to take their toll. david lean really could have used a good editor. his films tend to drag too much for my taste. some might call it building suspense or creating atmosphere, which i can respect, but i think he takes it too far. without a doubt, the best thing about this film is its cinematography. it’s one of those films that probably needs to be seen on the big screen to be really appreciated. in fact, i think watching it on the big screen would lessen some of the effects of its length. when i’m at home watching a three hour film is a lot tougher because i start to think about getting something to eat or popping in another movie, etc.
lawrence is a unique character. he’s altruistic, but self-absorbed in an odd way. he’s humane, yet enjoys the thrill of the fight and, at one point, even confesses to liking the feeling of killing a man who he had previously saved.