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 69th review of the 90 chosen Films…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Feb 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A young woman brought up in house of wealth but one that doesn’t consider woman eligible heirs tries to go against the way of the times in order to gain her own wealth.
My Take on it – This is yet another film that I hadn’t heard of before taking on this recent series.
It is also another film starring Bette Davis that I finally got to see.
The problem with this film is that the story itself isn’t that interesting.
The characters aren’t developed very well and they leave much to be desired.
The pacing is quite slow and the whole things just creeps along.
Unfortunately things get really interesting only during the finale, but it really is too little, too late for that to be able to save this.
Davis is fine in the lead role, but her character also isn’t as overpowering as it probably should have been.
This film was nominated for 9 Oscars and didn’t manage to win any of them.
Bottom Line – Not a very interesting film. The characters leave much to be desired and there are too many scenes that creep along. The finale finally gives us something interesting to watch, but it is too little, too late for that. Davis is fine here in the title role. Nominated for 9 Oscars that year, but didn’t manage to win any of them.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Bette Davis and William Wyler fought a great deal during filming. Disagreements ranged from Davis’s interpretation of the character (Wyler thought she should be more sympathetic) to the appearance of the house (Davis thought it was far too opulent for a family struggling financially), to her appearance (Wyler thought her white makeup made her look like a Kabuki performer.) Davis eventually walked out of production, but returned when she heard rumors she was going to be replaced by Katharine Hepburn or Miriam Hopkins. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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