90 Days of Oscar Nominees #16 – Our Town (1940)


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 16th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“It seems to me, once in your life, before you die, you ought to see a country where they don’t speak any English and they don’t even want to. ” – Julia

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Dec 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A look at a normal town in a normal area of New England where things supposedly happen in the normal way. Change can happen but only slowly and in small ways.

My Take on it – This is a film whose title I had heard about over the years, yet never knew anything about the story itself.

As I watched it, I was a bit thrown off by the fact that it seems as if nothing is really happening, yet, if you look more closely you can see how much is truly going on.

The message of the film is quite clear, but only when things are revealed towards the end that shed light on everything the happened beforehand.

The choice to do the narration like this is quite clever because it gives the audience an omniscient perspective on it all because we get information about the past, present and future of various characters all at once.

I’ve always been a big fan of William Holden yet despite being fine here, I was constantly thrown off by his young and uncertain character which made him feel too much out of place in every scene he appears in.

As much as I liked this film, I still wonder whether it really should have been among those nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars that year.

Bottom Line – Film that seem to be just average because of the way it’s presented yet, if you look closer, you can see some amazing things happen.  Loved the way the narration is done because it gives us a very omniscient view of the characters as we learn about their present, past and future all at once.  The message of the film is quite clear and is shown in a very interesting way.  Not 100% sure that this film deserved a Best Picture nomination, but it still remains a classic after all these years. Holden is fine as a younger character but perhaps due to my familiarity of his future roles, he seems slightly out of place. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Thornton Wilder won the Pulitzer Prize for the play the film is based on. The score for the film is by another Pulitzer Prize winner: Aaron Copland. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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