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 57th review of the 90 chosen Films…
“We shall drink to the past, forget the future, and pleasantly live the present! ” – Carlo
Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Jan 2018)
Brief Synopsis – An orphan, unknowingly raised by his grandfather must find a way to repay him for way that he was brought up but this decision may affect his impending marriage.
My Take on it – This is a film that has a really interesting story yet as with many novels adapted for the screen, it lacks the impact that the words on the page can present than it can on the screen.
The story is presented in a way that it unfortunately comes across as being a bit too choppy and it is quite noticeable that parts have been skipped over in the storyline so it doesn’t always flow as well as it could.
The cast is quite good and both Fredric March and Olivia De Havilland do fine jobs in the main roles allowing us to understand and feel the pain and agony that they must endure.
It was nominated for 7 Oscars and was able to take home 4 of them for Best Supporting Actress (Gale Sondergaard), Cinematography, Film Editing and Music Score.
It lost Best Picture, Assistant Director and Art Direction.
I’m a bit surprised that this is thought of as the worst Best Picture Nominee ever.
Granted, it isn’t among the best of them and it is no wonder that it wasn’t able to win that year, but it still is a somewhat enjoyable film.
Bottom Line – Interesting story that probably works much better as a novel than it does as an adaptation to the screen. The way that they story is presented comes across as slightly choppy and doesn’t flow as well as it probably should. March and De Havilland are both quite good here and we can feel their character’s pain along the way. Not as bad as it is claimed to be and it’s shocking that this has such a low score on Rotten Tomatoes.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This is considered the worst Best Picture nominee with a 13% on Rotten Tomatoes. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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