The Natalie Wood Blogathon – The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004)

This is the first of two posts dedicated to the The Natalie Wood Blogathon being held over at Musings of a Film Addict

Tnx Samantha for letting me take part!

“I don’t really have a clear perception of myself, ya know. I mean I’ve always been Betty Davis’ daughter or Maureen O’Hara’s daughter or Jimmy Stewart’s daughter or something like that, but I’ve been sorta discombobulated Morris. I mean I don’t really know how to be.. other than acting. I don’t really know how I want my house to be or what pleases me or what kind an atmosphere. I sorta have to figure all that out. – Natalie Wood

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Jul 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Biography of the tragic life of movie star Natalie Wood that follows her ups and downs in the industry and in life itself.

My Take on it – Natalie Wood’s life is known as a very tragic one and despite being a very prominent Hollywood actress for almost her entire life, something apparently was wrong that led to so much trouble for her.

This film manages to give us so much insight into her troubled life in order to give us at least somewhat of an explanation as to what happened to her over the course of her short life.

The choice to include interviews with real life friends and family of Wood helps give this film a pseudo-documentary feel that makes it feel even more truthful than it would without these scenes.

Since this film is required to show over 40 years of a life, the choice to show the progression of time via news articles and posters relating to her films was an ingenious choice.

There is so much information regarding Wood’s life and even this 3 hour film doesn’t manage to get in deep enough to try and explain it all, yet it does succeed in giving us reason and interest in finding out even more.

Bottom Line – Nice biopic that really gives us much insight into the troubled life of such a prominent Hollywood star. The use of real interviews with friends and family of Wood helps add a pseudo-documentary feel to it all.  Great how they showed the progression of time via news articles or posters of the films she took part in. There is so much about Wood’s life that feels only touched upon here and even a three hour biopic dioesn’t really get deep enough into the story to help explain everything. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Michael Weatherly plays Robert Wagner in this movie; Robert Wagner later played Michael Weatherly’s father in a recurring role of NCIS _”NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service” (2003) . (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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