In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.
Here is my 4th review of the 90 chosen Films…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Dec 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A singer in a saloon is wooed by many suitors and tries to find a normal life despite all of the corruption going on around her.
My Take on it – I’ve always heard that Mae West was an actress who helped change the industry in the 1930’s.
She made such an impression on pop-culture at the time that her figure was supposedly the model for the coca-cola bottle and even the nickname for flotation devices by soldiers and pilots during WWII.
I was actually surprised that I had never seen any of her movies and also to the fact that she only starred in a dozen films over her long career.
She is superb in this role as her character must find the delicate balance in life between staying good or being corrupted by the system.
The story is presented really well and we easily get to know each of the characters and what they stand for.
The dialogue is superb and helps keep things so much fun.
This role is probably one of the earliest ones where there is such a powerful female lead who must try and find a way to maneuver herself within the world run by men.
Bottom Line – Fun film that has great dialogue and an interesting story. West does such a great job here balancing everything all by herself. She made such an impact on the industry eventhough she only made a dozen films during her career. Loved the way that her character is given the ability to be such a powerful female role which was rare for that day and age. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At 66 minutes, this is the shortest movie to ever receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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