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Overblown, over-acted and over-rated,
This review is from: Life and Death of Colonel Blimp [Special Edition] [DVD]  (DVD)
Hailed by critics as a great British masterpiece, I was eagerly anticipating great things from this film. I have to admit that I was disappointed - it seems archaic and over-acted, and so slow-paced that my finger felt decidely twitchy over the fast forward button on more than one occasion. I persevered though, and while the cinematography is majestic and beautiful, the whole thing is as stiff and overblown as the ageing titular Colonel. Pressburger and Powell were undoubtedly ahead of their time, but this, in my view, lacks the spark and originality of their other films. Livesey's character is irritating - even as a young man - and everyone in the film seems to over-act to an embarrassing extent, with only Walbrook turning in a more measured performance.