it’s not awful, but it’s not the best picture of 1996 either. it’s a bad film with bad writing and acceptable acting. somehow it pulled off 12 nominations and something like 9 wins that year. one of them was for costume design, which is funny because this film is the only film where i can recall having seen an open stitch on a garment (about half way through when thomas fakes fainting so she can go fuck fiennes). go figure. fiennes manages to look remarkably good in spite of the fact that he’s tramping through the north african desert all day long. he’s always got the same perfect 5 o’clock shadow and slicked back hair with plenty of body. it’s hilarious. at 2hrs 40mins it’s a tough one to get through, but it’s not the toughest cinematic opponent i’ve faced.
i’m one film away from having seen all 80 academy award winning best pictures.