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As perfect a film as you're going to get,
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This review is from: Shadowlands [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
There is nothing wrong with this film and many things right with it. The acting, scenery, cinematography, score, everything is perfect. Yet it is so much more.
I am reticent to name any film as an 'all time favourite', anyone who can say that has not seen enough cinema - but this is a film which could easily be mistaken for Sunday afternoon schmaltz and yet is in reality a masterpiece. Never have I watched this and failed to enjoy it, or become bored. The performances contain such subtle nuances and so much is going on without being obvious that even after multiple viewings it still holds the attention and creates its magic.
Purists may allow the artistic licence taken with the Lewis/Gresham story to detract from their enjoyment of the film, but this is no simple biopic. Nor is it, as many would like, a piece of evangelism for one of the 20th Century's great Christian thinkers. It is an examination of love, faith, and the experience of life. It is also about how we all deal with our emotions, hopes, dreams, and fears.
Yes, this borders on the fantastic, but then as my Father remarked after the 30th or so viewing - 'the 50's were never that good'.