Chariots of Fire (1981)
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A painstakingly boring film crafted out of bits of melodrama and the idea of epic scope, rather than an actual epic scope itself. Vangelis' iconic main theme is one of only two bright spots (and the rest of the score is jarringly bizarre for this film) -- the other being the photography which is superb. Chronology is not a pre-requisite for an easy to follow film, but a film that starts at an irrelevant ending and then rushes back to a more relevant one before rushing backward again to tell the story properly is hardly worth spending time on as a film viewer. Not one moment of the races seemed dramatic, and the story had little of value to say beyond a clichéd sense of personal victory.
2 stars out of 4.
hasn't aged well. i can see why it appealed so greatly at the time it was made, but it's far too drawn out, the story is too generically crafted and the dramatic moments don't work well, feeling overdone and yet lacking substance.
Ironically, for a movie about running, it's pretty slow. Running is one of my hobbies, so I was really interested in this one. The biggest problem for me is that the main characters weren't interesting at all. The scenes in which they actually run are the best parts of the movie, mainly because of the music by Vangelis. Not a bad film, but I can't say it's good either.
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This movie ranks #19 in BFI's Top 100 British Films
This movie ranks #36 in BAFTA Award - Best Film
This movie ranks #50 in National Board of Review Award - Best Film
This movie ranks #55 in Academy Award - Best Picture
This movie ranks #61 in Arts & Faith's Top 100 Films
This movie ranks #100 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers
This movie ranks #172 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #330 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #571 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #662 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office
This movie ranks #670 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #678 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #843 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?