Thursday, January 09, 2020
Thursday Movie Picks: Favorite Films by Steven Spielberg
In the second week of 2020 for Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We go into the subject of three favorite films by Steven Spielberg as here’s a filmmaker who has made a lot of films ranging from adventurous blockbusters to sprawling historical epics as he’s managed to win over a lot of people. He has made a lot of great films but also some stinkers as here are my three favorite films by Steven Spielberg but not my all-time favorite that is E.T. the Extraterrestrial:
1. Empire of the Sun
Definitely one of his more underrated films and often criticized initially as Spielberg trying to be taken seriously, the film is far more compelling than what the critics thought upon its initial release as it is really about a boy’s loss of innocence and having to grow up way too fast during World War II. A cinematic tribute of sorts to David Lean, the film revolves around a British boy living in Shanghai as his fascination for Japanese fighter planes has him separated from his parents where he finds himself living in a camp with others trapped in Japanese-occupied China during that time as he deals with his situation and such as Spielberg succeeded in showing the world this future young talent that would become one of the finest actors working today in Christian Bale.
2. Saving Private Ryan
One of the finest war films ever made as well as featuring one of the most violent and extreme opening sequences ever made that is the landing of Omaha beach in Normandy. The film isn’t just one of Spielberg’s best films but also a film that is about the importance of brotherhood in war as a captain and his platoon trek through France to find a young private and bring him back home after his three brothers had been killed in action during the war. At times, it’s unforgiving in its presentation but it’s also got some somber and powerful moments as it is a crowning achievement in film.
3. Catch Me If You Can
This film is a personal favorite of mine but it’s also one of my dad’s favorite films as it does play into a recurring theme that is in many of Spielberg’s films which is about family. It is based on a true story about a young man who forges a check and then commits many forgeries to the point that it gets the attention of a FBI agent. My dad is a big fan of Leonardo DiCaprio as he really loved his performance in the film while he loved the setting and everything else as it’s a film that I can re-watch over and over again out of pure joy.
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