My Overall Thoughts:
Four of the five films nominated this year were epic films showing the scope and direction films were now moving towards.
The one film that doesn’t fit in with the other was a film about the morality of war and peace.
The ultimate winner was the least prolific of the 5 films but which created the idea of using cameos in a film. The locations used were amazing, but the story feels a bit too rushed on film.
- 5. – Around the World in 80 Days – Amazing film that is very epic in scope, but doesn’t spend enough time in each of its locations and therefore feels a bit incomplete.
- 4. – Friendly Persuasion – Interesting film that questions war vs. peace and militarism vs pacifism in an interesting way. Enjoyed the way the family is structured that even though they live together each and every one of them has different views on how to deal with the fact that the war keeps getting closer and closer to home. Cooper is quite good here as the patriarch of the family and we slowly see how the ideas of the family members are probed by the differing opinions of those around them.
- 3. – Giant – Epic film about an oil tycoon family that is done extremely well. Taylor, Dean and Hudson are all superb here.
- 2. – The Ten Commandments – Amazing epic film about a story that most people know in general, but the 4 hour version helps fill in many of the blanks. Heston proved with this film that he was truly the go-to actor for playing epic historic figures and that would end up being his calling sign for many years to come. Brynner is equally as great as Ramses and just having these two powerhouse actors in scenes together is so enjoyable to watch. DeMille does a superb job with this film and it is probably his greatest achievement because it took him so long to get the full version that he envisioned get made. The special effects are quite spectacular to watch and for it’s time, they are truly visionary. Definetly deserving of its 7 Oscar nominations which included Picture but it is a better film than the ultimate winner Around the World in 80 Days (1956).
- 1. – The King and I -Brenner and Kerr are both great in this musical about the courtship of a Asian King and a British schoolteacher. Has some amazing songs and the story is quite heart warming with some great characters.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not at all. ATWi80D is a fun film to watch, but it feels too condensed. TK&I is a great story with some great characters!
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!