90 Days of Oscar Nominees #62 – The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

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 62nd review of the 90 chosen Films…

“Papa, please. I’m not a bad girl, I swear I’m not, only I love him, I love him. He’s a good man, it can’t be wrong to love him. I want love, I can’t live without love. Oh Papa, remember how you loved Mama and how she loved you! ” – Henrietta Barrett

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – The story of how the poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning met and fell in love despite her father’s disapproval.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I had never heard anything about before seeing it for this series.

This is not really my kind of film and I found it to be quite mediocre in the way that it portrays the love story.

There are some scenes that are done well but overall, it leaves much to be desired especially since it featured 3 past and future Oscar winners; Norma Shearer, Charles Laughton and Fredric March.

They are all fine here, but none of them really stands out in these roles.

The biggest problem that I had with it is the fact that the chemistry between March and Shearer is lackluster at best and it’s very hard to really believe that these two characters are truly in love.

The dialogue is also ok and I liked that there were some very witty lines yet overall too many of the scenes drag on too long.

This is a story that has much more potential than it is able to actually present us with, which is unfortunate.

Bottom Line – Mediocre film that has some nice scenes but overall doesn’t work as well as it possibly could have.  The cast is filled with some great actors and Shearer, March and Laughton all are fine here despite none of them standing out for these performances. The chemistry between the characters is lackluster and too often it doesn’t feel as if they are realistically in love with each other. The dialogue has some fine moments of wit, but overall, this film drags on too much.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Concerned about the public’s reaction, the disturbing subplot about Father Barrett’s incestuous designs on his daughter was toned down by the studio. However, Charles Laughton famously remarked that they couldn’t censor the “gleam” in his eye. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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