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 18th review of the 90 chosen Films…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Dec 2017)
Brief Synopsis – In order to win the heart of a girl, a cocky young man joins the Navy not realizing what he is getting himself into.
My Take on it – This is a film that has a story that feels quite average especially since so many movies have been made with similar general plots.
James Cagney, Pat O’Brien and Gloria Stuart are all fine here but none of them truly stand out as a great character.
I was interested in seeing the kind of roles Stuart had 60+ years before her Oscar nominated breakout role in Titanic (1997).
The fact that a nice portion of this film takes place on The USS Arizona was somewhat chilling and fascinating at the same time since we all now know the fate of many of those men and the ship itself just a few years later.
This is another film that baffles me as to how it was able to be included among the best of the best and get an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
Bottom Line – Story works ok despite feeling like something that has been done so often. Cagney, O’Brien and Stuart are all fine here but none really stand out enough. Was quite interesting watching things happen aboard The Arizona especially knowing of its fate just a few years later. Again, not a film that deserves to be listed among the best of the best IMHO.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The airship hangar in which the USS Macon is housed is Hangar One at NAS Moffett. Hangar One is one of the world’s largest freestanding structures, covering 8 acres. The hangar was constructed in 1931. Hangar One is a Naval Historical Monument, Historic American Engineering Landmark, and State of California Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks. In May 2008, The National Trust for Historic Preservation listed Hangar One on their list of America’s Most Endangered Places. This hangar is still standing at the NASA Ames Research Facility in Sunnyvale, CA. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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