90 Days of Oscar Nominees #85 – King Solomon’s Mines (1950)


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 85th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“…in the end you begin to accept it all… you watch things hunting and being hunted, reproducing, killing and dying, it’s all endless and pointless, except in the end one small pattern emerges from it all, the only certainty: one is born, one lives for a time then one dies, that is all… ” – Alann Quartermain

Number of Times Seen – 2 (18 Jun 2001 and 26 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – An explore/adventurer in darkest Africa is hired to help a woman and her brother seek her missing husband who was seeking a fabled treasure in uncharted areas of the jungle.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that managed to get a Best Picture nomination that baffles the mind.

Not because it’s a bad movie just that it’s not the kind of film that really should be consoidered among the best in any year.

The story itself is ok.

The love story aspect is bearable even if it’s far from perfect.

The film is fun to watch and it’s easy to spot many connections to the Indiana Jones films and other adventure films of the genre.

The footage of the African Bush area is breathtaking and they manage to give us some great shots of animals in action which was not very common at that time.

This film did manage to win its two other Oscar nominations – Cinematography and Film Editing which shows that it’s technically sound yet not a great film when one looks at the story and plot.

Bottom Line – Fun film that definitely shows scenes that were influential to Indiana Jones and similar kinds of heroes.  The cast is good and keeps things mostly believable. The footage of the African Bushland is breathtaking and they managed to capture amazing film of real animals in action.  Not quite sure how this film managed to get nominated for Best Picture because its story isn’t amazing.  It did manage to win its other two nominations – Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene in which Deborah Kerr cuts her own hair and then cuts to her sunning with a perfectly coiffed hairstyle got such a big laugh at the initial screenings of the film that producers debated removing the scene. However, they couldn’t figure out another way to explain Kerr’s change of hairstyle, so they kept the improbable scenes intact.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “90 Days of Oscar Nominees #85 – King Solomon’s Mines (1950)

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