In Paths of Glory, Kubrick delivers in this entertaining and provocative anti-war film.
Stanley Kubrick is one of my favorite directors, so it was only a matter of time before I watched this. While i’m not the biggest war movie fan, but because this was very against the idea of war, I found it very relatable. While this film is a little short and left me craving more, I still enjoyed it. The narrative is very interesting and really made me sympathize with the man character Dax, played by Kirk Douglas. Douglas plays this role very well as he really displays what a man feels when even his own country is betraying him. However, all the characters are well done. The plot really provokes how the viewer thinks about the hidden scenes of a war.
As always, Kubrick plays a huge role in the movie. His shots are always beautiful and help the viewer see things differently. His shots in the trenches are especially profound as they’re very chaotic, but forces you to stay watching. The end scene is especially moving as it perfectly caps off the theme of the movie, as Dax has his faith restored in mankind after losing it all. This movie earns a 4/5 stars from me. It was very well done, just misses that last piece of beauty or emotion to make it a masterpiece.