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 Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.
Here is my 45th review of the 89 chosen Films…
“They all start out as Juliets and wind up as Lady Macbeths. ” – Bernie Dodd
Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Jan 2017)
Brief Synopsis – An actor traumatized by a personal tragedy tries to get back on track when he is chosen to be the lead in a new play.
My Take on it – I must admit that I originally thought this film was a Western and was quite shocked to find it to be a drama.
Nevertheless, I loved it and was so surprised as to how amazing this film was.
First of all, the cast was superb; Bing Crosby, William Holden and Grace Kelly are all great here and they are able to work so well together.
Kelly deservingly won an Oscar for Best Actress for this role because of the vast range of emotions that her character must endure throughout the film.
Loved the way that the characters all had so much emotional baggage which allowed us to see how such issues can affect people so much during every little thing they do in life.
The dialogue is extraordinary and it helps the pacing of the film because it keeps things interesting and constantly moving the whole way through.
The dynamics built between the characters are so interesting to watch unfold because you don’t really know where things will lead.
Bottom Line -All 3 leads are great here and they all do a wonderful job making their characters feel real. Amazing dialogue helps this film move along at a great pace. Kelly won Best Actress for this film and she truly deserved it because of the emotional range of her character. This story manages to give us characters with lots of psychological baggage and we get to see how it effects everything they do in life. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Grace Kelly won her only Oscar for her role in this movie beating out Judy Garland, the sentimental favorite, in the closest Best Actress race in Academy history besides the Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn tie for 1968. A reported 6 votes was all that separated the cinematic legends. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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