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 7th review of the 90 chosen Films…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Dec 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A young orphan boy is taught many lessons in life and love as he meets various personalities on his journeys.
My Take on it – Charles Dickens is an author that I would put in the same category as J.R.R. Tolkien and William Shakespeare; I love their stories but can’t stand the way that they write them because they bore me to death.
I have always heard of this story and the fact that it’s extremely long (1200 pages, I think) and was glad to finally see the written work on screen.
The story itself is quite fascinating to watch unfold and Dickens expertly manages to bring all of the storyline threads and adventures together by the end which comes across as quite satisfying.
The characters are richly developed and we can easily understand what they all are trying to do here.
WC Fields’ character of Micawber stands out among the entire cast of characters and he is the kind of character that I wouldn’t mind meeting in other stories because he is so enjoyable to watch.
I will probably never read this book, but even if this film is just an abridged version of the adventures of David Copperfield, Dickens has proven that he knows how to spin a great and epic tale.
Bottom Line – Such an interesting story that is presented quite well here. Fields stands out among the entire cast and his character is one I would be interested in meeting in other formats. The story is rich in character development and they do a great job of putting together all of the various adventures in the end. I’ve never read the book (and have little desire to), but Dickens definitely knows how to tell epic tales. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – W.C. Fields’ contract included a clause in which it was specified that he speak with a British accent. He didn’t – and this may have been because he had difficulty memorizing Charles Laughton’s dialogue and eventually had to read his lines off cue cards. Despite much controversy in the press about Micawber having a strong American accent, the director said he felt Fields was “born to play the part”. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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