Quick recap: The tale of two Australians who go off to fight in World War 1…..and it does not go well.
Fun (?) fact: ANZAC Day was originally observed to honor the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who died in the Gallipoli campaign but is now a day to remember all those who died during war.
Thoughts and observations:
As has become the standard PSA on this blog, war is hell. Gallipoli is no exception of course, so let’s see just how hellish the movie gets:
- takes place during World War 1, one of the most hellish wars to date (1 POINT)
- The characters are fictional but I got attached nonetheless and didn’t want anyone to die (1/2 POINT)
- One of those characters was played by Mel Gibson (-5 POINTS)
- The actual battle scene only takes place the last 20 minutes or so of the film (-1 POINT)
- There are SO MANY dead bodies and the death is realistic (2 POINTS)
- The English bungle everything and have Australian blood on their hands (1 POINT)
- The training scenes take place in Cairo, against the backdrop of the pyramids ( beautiful setting but worth 0 POINTS)
- The final scene is of the main character dying a most honorable death (3 POINTS)
So, based on the point system I created just this very second, Galipoli is certified ‘pretty freaking hellish’.
I was surprised by how much time was spent on getting to know the characters and learning about their love of sprinting. I kept wondering when it would be important to the battle and it definitely paid off in the final few scenes. And by saving the gory stuff for the very end, I was lured into a false sense of security that maybe this would be a successful battle and everyone would be ok. Like I said, pretty freaking hellish.
Watchability score: 4/5. Also some choice nudity if that is your thing
Up next: Journey to Italy