As it was directed by one of my very favourite movie director, William Wyler, I really had to see this movie. Mrs. Miniver was released in 1942, and many great actors starred in it: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, Dame May Whitty, Henry Travers and more. This excellent drama won some important Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Greer Garson), Best Supporting Actress (Teresa Wright), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography (black & white) and The Outstanding Motion Picture Award. It tells the story of Kay Miniver, an English lady, and her family at the very beginning of the Second World War. It’s a hard time for the Miniver and their friends as the country is destroyed by the German’s bombings.
That was the 7th William Wyler’s movie that I saw and I was not disappointed. William Wyler’s films are always great and this particular one really is one of the best I saw. What I found interesting about that film, it the fact that it shows us how civilians (people who weren’t at the front) lived the war. It shows us how destructive this war was and how it created innocent victims. For this reason, this movie is really touching and heartbreaking. Even if I never witnessed a war, I could perfectly feel what those people were living during this difficult period of history. As I watched the extremely sad, but beautifully directed ending, I had a lump in my throat and I was saying to myself “this is so sad, but this movie is so fantastic”. The last shot, when we see the group of planes passing over the church is just the perfect image to finish the movie. Ok, I’m writing this text and I have tears in my eyes. See how it got me!
We can not talk about Mrs. Miniver and not mention the excellent actors’ performances. Greer Garson who played the leading role couldn’t have been better. She plays someone very human, very good and very sensitive. Just the way she looks at the other characters is magic and so deeply beautiful. Teresa Wright also deserved her Oscar. As you know, she is my 9th favourite actress, so I was very happy to see another movie with her. She plays a lovely young lady, the kind of person you can never be angry with. Walter Pidgeon and Dame May Whitty also gives us great performances and, in my opinion, Henry Travers was at his best in this film. It really makes me appreciate more this talented character actor.
Mrs. Miniver is the kind of movie that, yes, makes you sad, but also very happy because you can say to yourself: “That was an excellent movie.” And you can say it without hesitation. I think it’s a movie everybody should see to understand another side of the war and to understand how William Wyler’s films are almost perfect. Anyway, I really enjoyed this movie, as you can see, and I surely will see it many other times.