Overlord 1975 War film review (8/10) “Powerful, emotional, with meaningful ending”.
“Music fitted themes well”.
“Effective tension building”.
“Well cast roles”.
“Genre spot on”.
“Character relations varied”.
“Dramatic camera shots used”.
“Power of pictures over words respected”.
“Not enough action in parts”.
“Horror element softened too much”.
“Not scary enough at times”.
“Main character a little dull”.
Overlord is a 1975 War film, set in wartime Britain during the Second World War.
The film has a compact length to prevent viewer boredom.
The story begins quickly, with lots of effects and drama, before settling into a more stable period. There were a few stretches in the middle where the focus was a little unclear, leaving the viewer prone to distraction. The film had a clear theme from the start, and should be commended for sticking with it. The outstanding ending really lifts the experience.
The lack of words in important moments, helps pictures powerfully reflect events. Daily life takes place with backing music, but little else. Your attention is drawn in as a result.
From the very start, camera shots elucidate the midst of war. The music and effects, further give this away as a horror. Throughout, the darker side was featured more and more. The black and white colours work well in the movie, making everything appear more evil.
Overall, I would describe this as a “War horror” rather than simply a “War” film, one that brings a real sense of powerful meaning and emotion.
Tension building was carried out well, firstly using characters serious facial expression, and secondly cut scenes in key moments. These helped sustain tension through uneventful points in the storyline. Contrasts were used at every turn, keeping scenes standing, for poignant meaning.
Not a word was uttered for at least 4 minutes, allowing characters to appear like clones. This seemed to be the impression the film maker was going for, from the off …
When speaking commenced, it was immediately clear the main characters were accustomed to the war era. This highlighted good acting and casting. Characters felt relatable too, thereby improving scenes that followed.
The main roles were followed closely, giving you real insight into their lives. The film was lifted by a great ending, and sustained the importance of relationships till the end.
The soundtrack began effectively with an eerie first track, including marching sounds and military discipline. Happier moments were supported by joyful background music. Tracks fitted moods well for the film, and were mixed up in tempo and style. Happy, sad, eerie and instrumental themes, kept music well-implemented, and varied.
Powerful, emotional, with meaningful ending.
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