So in case you were curious, this movie is 222.11 minutes long (or 3 hours and 42.11 minutes long). That makes it about 1 minute longer than Gone with the Wind, and therefore the longest movie to ever win the Academy Award for Best Picture. So it’s long, like really long.
Basically, Lawrence of Arabia is about Lawrence (played by Peter O’Toole), a British army lieutenant, who becomes famous when he joins and ultimately leads the Arabs in their fight against the Turks. There you go, I just summed up a nearly four hour movie in one sentence. It would have been a lot more difficult if the movie wasn’t 75% of riding camels through the desert. I’m pretty sure it took the Jews less time to walk through the desert (get it? cause the Jews walked 40 years in the dessert?).
And while Lawrence was riding those camels he was rocking some serious eye liner. I mean this combined with his actually beautiful face is not a wise combination.
Apparently after seeing O’Toole in the film someone said “if he had been any prettier, the film would have been called Florence of Arabia”. Oh snap! Oh and fun fact about O’Toole, he has been nominated for an Academy Award for best actor, eight times, but never won. However, he did win an honorary award in 2003, so I guess that’s something?
But behind that pretty face is a super smart camel rider. Apparently camel saddles are extremely uncomfortable (who knew?) so O’Toole go some foam and place it on top of his saddle to make it more comfortable, and now it’s like a thing that camel riders do. But I mean this is also the guy who hurt his hand by punching the window of a caravan while drunk, soooooo.
Besides O’Tootle’s beauty, I find the film kind of unsatisfactory. Apparently they didn’t have the ending written when filming began, so I guess that makes sense? And it’s not like I’m disappointed because it wasn’t a happy ending, because I’m totally fine with that. But I feel like no one in the film really learned anything, or became a better person, and nothing really changed. Which is kind of annoying when you spend almost 4 hours waiting for something to happen. I mean Lawrence becomes kind of crazy in the end, but I don’t feel like that’s enough to qualify a movie to be in the top 10 movies of all time. I mean sure there were a lot of extras, the score is pretty solid, and I’m sure it did some revolutionary filming technique or something, but I found the story to be alright, and in the end, that’s really what matters.
Rating: 3 out of 5 hours they spent walking through the desert