A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death ★★★★★

"Nothing is stronger than love!"

One of the most wildly imaginative films I've ever seen, both in the context of its time and by contemporary standards. The concept is one that's been imitated countless times since, but it still feels so powerful, as none of its copies have been anywhere near as broad in scope. The world is so vivid, furthered by the beautiful cinematography, colors, and set pieces. The central romance starts out with a burning passion, and I never questioned how quickly these two fell for one another. Commentary on love and romance is blended effortlessly with themes of patriotism, American versus English culture, and of course, the meaning of life itself. This same exact narrative of a man who cheats death could've been framed as a horror story or a thriller, yet here it's just absolutely wonderful. There's so much to unpack here, yet it's all laid out in the most lovely way. A delightful masterpiece.

Rating: 94/100

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