Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Michael Redgrave, John Mills Movie Review

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

Not Such a Lovely Movie

Based on the stage musical "Oh! What a Lovely War" is a satire about the futility of war and in particular World War I. It focuses on a fictional family called Smith where all the men head off to war whilst highlighting various events of the war such as the Christmas ceasefire.

That is a short description of "Oh! What a Lovely War" because it is impossible to write a synopsis for it due to its episodic nature where various aspects of the war are dramatised usually with a bit of a musical, music hall style. Now let me say that technically "Oh! What a Lovely War" is well made and considering this was Richard Attenborough's first venture into directing a movie it is both ambitious and impressive. Considering he was untested he managed to attract several stars to this picture and created some big looking scenes be it the music hall scenes to those of war to even those walking by the arches of what I think is Brighton.

The thing is that whilst technically "Oh! What a Lovely War" is well made and features plenty of creativity it turned out not to be my sort of thing. It is hard to describe what it was because the characters were written to be a certain way with the rich and posh being obliviously arrogant but they were annoying. But at the same time the working class soldiers are just as annoying and when you combine that with the whole stage production/ episodic nature just made it incredibly hard work and not something I could get into.

What this all boils down to is that "Oh! What a Lovely War" is technically a good movie, made to be something in a very specific style it is just that something and that specific style ended up not at all entertaining for me.