Patton Review

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I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his countryGeorge Patton

Franklin Schaffner’s Patton is a bio-pic about the life of George Patton, the great army general of the Allies whose genius was never appreciated because of his embroilment in various controversies during his military life. The movie offers a in-depth narrative about Patton’s ideologies, his alter ego and his unparalleled military genius and also his rivalry with his English counterpart Bernard Montgomery.

I usually talk about this after some time into the article, but I have to praise the screenplay of the movie by Francis Coppola and Edmund North. I knew about Patton’s war exploits in detail and the historical accuracy of this movie is remarkable. Just thought I should mention it.

What a riveting performance by George Scott ! I had only seen him in Dr. Strangelove before but I never really understood that he had the potential to give such a performance. Not once scene does he falter, not one scene. I have seen some of George Patton’s real clips and I felt as if his living soul had taken abode in George Scott. Karl Malden was very good but there are some scenes in which he gets over-the-top melodramatic. Micheal Bates is horrible. i don’t know why but he sucked very badly. Micheal Strong looks too much like Leonard Nimoy, okay so he freaked me out.

It is so uplifting to know that movies of such scale were made during the 70’s. It feels very very real, believe me. But does the film drag too much ? Hell yeah. The film drags too much. Hugh Fowler won an Oscar for best editing for Patron. Why ? If I had been the editor of this movie, the running time would have been 143 minutes. I could have cut out numerous, numerous scenes. And there is a scene in which Patton says that the enemy army is going to attack from west because it seems the least probable to everyone. This are history defining events and he just makes decisions based just on his instincts ?

The score of this movie is awesome. Haunting music supplemented this movie very well and in the portions that I was bored, I listened to the superb score.

Patton is never deciphered. He keeps to compare himself to army greats. He fights with his own alter-ego. But the only explanation given is that he is a born to be army man. That was a tad unsatisfying.

But, the climax of this movie is very emotional. It felt just like Kill The Messenger. It was so sad that a hero so great went unsung in his life. It is partially Patton’s own fault but still it is was an undeserved ending for the riveting genius.

Patton is a detailed sketch of the unsung military genius which is engrossing at first, but then a bad case of editing makes the movie a tad tedious, but George Scott’s prodigious performance doesn’t let us to take our eyes of the screen, yet the movie doesn’t do complete justice to its running time.

Rating : 8.1 / 10

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