With 2013 winding down, so was my challenge to watch all 250 films on the IMDB’s top films list. With only a handful to go, I was unlikely to get them all done before the New Year was upon me, so I decided to take it easy and watch ones that had a greater interest to me, rather than watching them because of their order in that list. So, because of this, Judgment At Nuremberg was going to be the next one served up, and at over 3 hours long, I knew it was going to be one to savour.
The reason why I knew that I was going to enjoy it, was not only because it was on this Top 250 list which implies a level of quality, but because I had heard many good things about this film over the years, especially in the acting department. The fact it’s about a historical subject matter, also tweaked my interest bone, which meant I was expecting to enjoy it for various reasons.
So with that having been said, you might think why I had not seen it before. Well, there are many films I ‘should’ see, but often there’s not enough time in the day to do so, but with this challenge of watching the top 250 films on the IMDB list, meant it has forced me to actually sit down and watch some awesome films, and I was hoping this film would be another to add to that list of great classic films I’ve seen because of this list.
Judgment At Nuremberg really did end up being a damn fine tour-de-force of acting, and so often had me going back and forth on my own feelings about the outcome of the trials due to the impassioned speeches of the main characters. Yes I knew the performances were meant to be great anyway, but when you seem them unfold on screen, it can’t help but still take you back a little bit with how good they actually are.
Though this film is by no means for everyone, as it ‘is’ a 3 hour court room drama, it is one that is both enlightening to history as much as it is entertaining due to the strong performances. So I was more than happy with its length and the structure of it, but I’m sure some moviegoers might not see this as such a good watch as I did. But for lovers of history, and courtroom dramas, I’m sure you’ll find a great film within those 3 hours of cinema.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!