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 67th review of the 90 chosen Films…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Feb 2018)
Brief Synopsis –Collection of skits and songs featuring most of the entire MGM actors at the time.
My Take on it – This is a strange yet interesting idea for a movie.
It’s essentially a collection of skits and songs featuring almost every one of the actors that were a part of MGM at the time.
The skits are hit or miss and some are quite enjoyable while others are just a waste of time.
I’m sure that this film was more entertaining when it was made nearly 90 years ago than it is now tho because of its uniqueness.
My favorite skits were the ones featuring a magic act by Laurel & Hardy and an early rendition of the theme song from Singin’ in the Rain (1952) performed by lots of the cast.
I think that another problem with this is the fact that it’s quite long and feels as if it drags on too much instead of it being a more bearable run time.
It somewhat shocks me that this film would be nominated for Best Picture, especially in a year that only had 5 nominees, but if the rumors of ballot stuffing is true, it makes sense that a film featuring an entire company of actors from MGM would get a lot of votes from all of them.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea that just doesn’t work as well know as it probably was nearly 90 years ago when it was made. Most of the skits are fine but not really that spectacular. The best one is the one with Laurel & Hardy performing magic and the opne wihich allows us to hear the original rendition of the song Singin’ in the Rain. The whole things drags on a bit too much tho.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One of the films cited as contributing to the collapse of John Gilbert’s career after audiences heard his high-pitching speaking voice. Apparently, Gilbert’s Romeo & Juliet sequence inspired the “talkie disaster” sequence in Singin’ in the Rain (1952). (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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