Patton (1970) - dir. Franklin J. Schaffner
It’s hard to put it - the power of George C. Scott’s performance. I’ve always heard about it, and I’ve always been a Scott fan. He’s terrific in Anatomy of a Murder, Dr. Strangelove and the Hustler, but this performance is easily his best. In order to best compare this, I’d say it’s similar to Leo in the Wolf of Wall Street… but it’s a better performance still. Apart from Scott’s portrayal as the megalomaniacal George S. Patton, the film is still quite good.
Brevity is not its strong suit, but that’s never been an aspect of war. The cinematography is gorgeous (the Blu Ray remastering is perfect), the set designs are absolutely terrific. It’s an odd movie, an epic surrounding one man, but it still holds up nearly forty-five years later.