Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Movie Review: "Becket" (1964)

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Oscar Movie: "Becket"
Year Nominated: 1965
Director: Peter Glenville
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hours, 28 minutes
Did It Win?: No.

This movie tells the story of Thomas Becket, a Saxon, and his friendship with King Henry II, a Norman king. In his rise from adviser to the king to Archbishop of Canterbury and his eventual sainthood, Becket quickly renounces his allegiance to the king and his ungodly ways in order to serve God's divine will. Angered by this, King Henry II tried to have Becket arrested, his anger eventually turned to rage, as he orders Becket killed.

Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton are outstanding in this movie. Their relationship is dynamic and plays out well on screen. The emotionality between these two characters who clearly have a longstanding relationship with one another is really felt in the performances of both actors, but especially with O'Toole. You can really feel that he is torn between his love for Becket and his desire to be obeyed as king. Richard Burton exudes power, despite being in a more subservient role. In 2013, despite its length, this movie is still captivating, in large part because of their performances.

My Rating: 7/10
BigJ's Rating: 7.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!

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