Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 May 2013)
Brief Synopsis – The story of the rise to power of an honest man and what happens along the way
My Take on it – I have wanted for many years to see as many Best Picture Oscar winners and this movie was obviously on that list. I was expecting a better movie that I could connect with and understand better. That unfortunately didn’t happen. That isn’t to say that this isn’t a good movie, I just wouldn’t say it was Oscar caliber.
I have only seen one of the other 4 movies that were up against it, Battleground (1949) which was also above average, so who knows, maybe the were all worse. Perhaps I’ll have a chance to see the others someday. The other three were Twelve O’clock High (1949), The Heiress (1949) and A Letter to Three Wives (1949).
This movie does have a saving grace and that’s an excellent performance by Broderick Crawford who plays the bumpkin and the politician amazingly. His performance as Willie Stark was great. Not all actors would be able to accomplish both of these persona’s within the same movie in a believable way. He succeeded in that. I guess in some ways I can compare this movie to this past year’s Lincoln (2012) which was a better than average movie with a bombastic performance by it’s leading man. Daniel Day Lewis WAS Lincoln just as Broderick Crawford WAS Willie Stark.
Whats interesting is that John Wayne was apparently offered the role and turned it down. I’m a fan of the Duke, but am glad he turned it down because I think Crawford did a better job than he would have been able to do.
Bottom Line – Not as good as I had hoped for a Best Picture winner, but was pretty good.
Rating – Globe Worthy