In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nomines that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.
Here is my 28th review of the 89 chosen Films…
“Fate had determined that he should leave none of his race behind him, and that he should finish his life poor, lonely and childless.” – Narrator
Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Dec 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A poor Irishman aspires to be among the upper class and does all he can to get there.
My Take on it – I have always been a fan of Stanley Kubrick’s film because you really never know what to expect from them.
This film is so much fun because it is able to tell an epic tale of a character who isn’t really so important in the great scheme of things but who thinks he eventually will be and therefore does all he can in that aspect.
Lived the casting of Ryan O’Neal as the lead (see trivia below) because even in retrospect, he still feels like he doesn’t belong as the focus of an epic story and fits in so well with the part.
My one fault with this film is that it drags on a bit too much and shouldn’t have been over three hours; They easily could have sped things up a bit and things would have flowed a bit better.
I personally don’t mind long films as long as they flow the whole way thru and this one just doesn’t.
Bottom Line – Loved how the story was told because it is an epic tale of someone who isn’t really important in the big picture but who aspires to be. O’Neal is fun to watch and its nice to see him as the focus of this movie. The film gets a bit long towards the end and could have been cut down slightly because it feels too long. Recommended
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Warner Bros. would only finance the film on the condition that Stanley Kubrick cast a Top 10 Box Office Star (from the annual Quigley Poll of Top Money-Making Stars) in the lead. Ryan O’Neal was the #2 Box Office Star of 1973, topped only by Clint Eastwood. Ironically, this was his only time in the top 10, as exhibitors – who voted the list – attributed the success of Love Story (1970) (one of the top grossers at the time) to O’Neal’s co-star Ali MacGraw, and named her to the list in 1971. The other top 10 stars were 3. Steve McQueen, 4. Burt Reynolds, 5. Robert Redford, 6. Barbra Streisand, 7. Paul Newman, 8. Charles Bronson, 9. John Wayne, and 10. Marlon Brando. Thus, the only actors Kubrick could cast in the role and receive Warners’ financial backing for his decidedly noncommercial project were O’Neal and Redford. The other Top 10 stars were too old or inappropriate for the role (particularly in the case of #6, who would not assay a “male” role until Yentl (1983) in 1983). Both O’Neal and Redford were Irish, both had box office appeal, and both were young enough to play the role, though Redford was five years older than the thirty-two-year old O’Neal in 1973. At the time, O’Neal was the bigger star, having also garnered a Best Actor Oscar nomination for “Love Story”. However, Kubrick apparently offered the part to Redford first, but he turned it down, and thus O’Neal was cast. Redford’s star would soon eclipse O’Neal’s, as he would zoom to the top of the Box Office charts the next year after the successes of The Sting (1973) and The Way We Were (1973), clocking in at #1 in 1974, a position he also would anchor in 1975 and 1976. O’Neal dropped off the Top 10 list after 1973. His ’73 appearance to this day, represents his sole appearance on that premier barometer of box office success for a thespian. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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