Movie Reviews

Movie Review – “Das Boot” (1981)



There’s a scene early on in “Das Boot” where a young German boy reflects on the French girl that he proposed to before departing to serve on a Nazi U-boat – the boy knows that they’ll both be shot if the Nazis found out about their love, and it’s tearing him apart. That’s the emotional strength of “Das Boot” – men who learn that the values and strength of the Nazi regime won’t bring you love or happiness, and their struggles with that lesson despite everything they’ve worked for. This is not just one of the best films to depict living in a submarine and the claustrophoic and deadly environment that comes with it, but one that shows good men serving an evil cause and the lengths they go to in order to keep their humanity intact.

Final Grade: A-


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