Chariots of Fire (#62) (#160)
I watched the first hour of this a little over a week ago but then took a movie watching hiatus to watch - appropriately enough - the London Olympics. Through this lapse, some of my emotional continuity was lost, but I still found it to be an incredibly wonderful and powerful film. (And this coming from the girl who as a rule abhors overtly religious films.) The performances from all the leads are flawless (I particularly loved Nigel Havers and Ian Charleson) and made me truly care for each and every one of them. The script is swift and eloquent (very British) and even if the mise-en-scene is a little too dark at some moments, it fits the early 80s aesthetic and may be forgiven. I was surprised to find the iconic score (who isn’t familiar with the theme?) so very 80s, but that’s forgivable, even if it does draw one out of the film at moments. At the end of the road though, I found this to be a beautiful, inspiring film; one I look forward to watching again in the future and consider well deserving of its status as a classic.