The Holocaust is one part of the human history that has gotten the interest of many film makers. And why not? Aside from its historical value, it has a lot to tell about the extremes in the human capacity to do bad and…good. Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) is seen as belonging to the latter kind of a person. He may have been a user as a businessman, but he has learned to be compassionate to the plight of the Jews. He has made a list of names without knowing (at that time) its effects on the Jews population. Find out about the drama of the reality that is the Holocaust.
Director Steven Spielberg is known for his creativity and great ability in making excellent films. Many parts of this page in our history have horrible sights that can make one’s stomach turn. Spielberg has made the main story in black and white to avoid the sickening color of blood shock the viewers. His laudable work plus the superb performances of Liam, Ben Kingsley as Itzhak Stern, Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goeth, and the rest of the cast have made the audience understand the story which may not be that clear in history books. The perfect timing of the musical scores brings the already intense emotions to a higher level. The camera works and the production design, which is obviously done with so much preparation and research, are commendable. This film can possibly be a material for discourses in any discipline. It should definitely belong to every classification of the Dewey Decimal System of libraries.
One notable strength of this movie is the focus on the experiences of the young Jews, the children. As this film is based on the real stories as told by the Holocaust survivors and/or by their families, there is no denying that the significant anecdotes have actually happened. There are a few moments in the duration of the film that have made me laugh. After realizing that they happened for real, however, I have felt shame because they are no laughing matters, especially not from the perspectives of the children involved. One advice I can give you before you watch this film is to make your mind and heart ready for three hours of eye-opening experience.