Genre Grandeur – You Can’t Take it With You (1938) – Encore Review – MovieRob


For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Screwball Comedy Films, here’s a review of You Can’t Take it With You (1938) by Me

Thanks again to Steve of The Movie Movie Blog Blog for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Darren of Movie Reviews 101 and it is Zombie Films

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Oct by sending them to zombiedarren@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Darren!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:

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“Maybe it’d stop you trying to be so desperate about making more money than you can ever use? You can’t take it with you, Mr. Kirby. So what good is it? As near as I can see, the only thing you can take with you is the love of your friends.” – Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff

Number of Times Seen – 2 (24 Oct 2013 and 28 Sep 2018)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – After the son of a rich businessman gets engaged to a young woman from a very eccentric family, things get very strange for both families.

My Take on it – Frank Capra was a director ho spent his career making films about the differences between the various classes in society yet also wanted to always show how the good nature of men will always prevail.

This film has a great premise and it shines throughout.

The idea that is doesn’t matter what class people are born into and that ultimately, we all come from the same place and will eventually all die no matter what we have or do is such an amazing concept to ponder.

The cats of this film led by Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore and Edward Arnold is great and they help bring these very unique characters to life.

Capra does a superb job with this story and was quite deserving of his 3rd Oscar for BESt Director for his work here.

The scipt is great and allows for some very witty and crisp dialogue thrown back and forth between the characters which works on numerous levels.

The best part of this film tho is the message about living life to the fullest resonates throughout.

This was quite a deserving winner for best Picture even if there was some very stiff competition that year.

Bottom Line – Excellent film that shows that there may be vast differences between the classes, but one thing will always stay the same no matter what and that’s the fact that we all came from the same place and will end up in the same place and nothing can ever change that. Excellent cast helps bring out the story so well. Capra does a superb job with this story that he was quite deserving on winning his 3rd Best Director Oscar for this film. Excellent script is filled with very witty and crisp dialogue that works on numerous levels.  Winner of Best Picture that year. Highly REcommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Whereas the play had only 19 characters, there are 153 parts in the film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (upgrade from original review)

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