“A Man for All Seasons” feels much like a character study from Shakespeare, about a man who is conflicted between his religious beliefs and his personal beliefs and how that is always at odds with the church in charge of the most powerful country in the world. Paul Scofield plays the role of Sir Thomas More with quiet dignity while still having the strength to command a room, despite his opposition. As a period piece, it reminds me of “The Lion in Winter” with its castle design and regality, but the vibrant color palette of “A Man for All Seasons” is very much its own. Still, the best scenes are More standing up for himself to the much more powerful church, and there can be a lot of down periods outside of these scenes that start to lose my interest after a while. It is a beautiful tragedy, if a bit slow at parts.
Final Grade: C-