Film Reviews, Short Review

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

4/4

The Bridge on the River Kwai is blatantly and utterly historically inaccurate. Rewatching it now, I am reminded of the yearly catfight over the Oscar nominations and Selma, The Imitation Game and all its ilk are constantly judged on their historical inaccuracy as opposed to their quality. A film has absolutely no obligation to be historically accurate whatsoever; David Lean’s greatest work proves my point. This is a film not about history but about what happens when two equally conservative and foolish ideologies go head-to-head, in this case it’s the battle between Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness) and Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa). It remains a superb breakdown of the fallacies of militaristic ideology and a brilliant war film to boot.

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