The Unexpected Blogathon – The Day of the Locust (1975)


This is my final of 3 reviews for The Unexpected Blogathon 2018 being hosted by Rebecca of Taking Up Room.

Tnx for letting me partake Rebecca!

“Sometimes I wonder what we’re doing here… grown men making mud pies to sell to the great unwashed” – Claude Estee

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A Hollywood art direction assistant falls in love with a wanna be actress and does all he can to get her into the movie scene of the 1930’s.

My Take on it – Talk about unexpected… I thought this was a horror film instead of a film about Hollywood in the 1930’s. 🙂

As you can see, I knew absolutely nothing about this film before watching it and was quite surprised by what it turned out to be.

This film has an interesting premise as it shows the way of life for people in Hollywood during the 1930’s.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem as if much has changed in the 8 decades since then because much of the storyline could be shown in contemporary ways just as effectively.

They do a nice job of showing the lengths some people will go to in order to try and achieve fame and fortune no matter the cost or the course of actions required in order to reach that peak.

The story itself moves along a bit too slowly and things feel too choppy instead of flowing much more smoothly.

The cast of the film is ok, but the standout is Burgess Meredith who got an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance that is able to spotlight the range he had as an actor.

The film just doesn’t manage to make the viewer care very much about the characters or what will happen to them because they all feel a bit under-developed.

Even though, there was no way of knowing this when the story was written, it was quite strange to hear that one of the main characters is named Homer Simpson (see Trivia below)

Bottom Line – Interesting look at life in Hollywood during the 30’s and it seems as if not much has changed in the 80 years since.  This film deals with the attempts of people to try and become famous in their given fields of work no matter the cost and no matter the course to get there. The story moves along a bot too slowly and feels very choppy instead of flowing well. The cast is ok, and I can understand how Meredith could get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role because he is able to show lots of range with his character.  Just doesn’t work well enough overall to make the viewer care about any of the characters at all.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The name of Donald Sutherland’s character is “Homer Simpson” which is also a lead character name in The Simpsons (1989) and its spin-offs. Apparently, the naming is purely a coincidence, as the cartoon character was named after real people that cartoonist Matt Groening knew. As a gag, Donald Sutherland voiced a guest character in The Simpsons: Lisa the Iconoclast (1996) who meets the more famous Homer Simpson. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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5 thoughts on “The Unexpected Blogathon – The Day of the Locust (1975)

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  2. I only remember Burgess Meredith from Batman and the Ernie Pyle story, so it might be interesting to see this just for him. Wish it had been a better film for you. And that’s hilarious that Donald Sutherland’s character was called Homer Simpson. I wonder if Matt Groening had this film in the back of his mind when he was thinking up ‘The Simpsons.” Thanks again for joining the blogathon, Rob–all three of your reviews were very enjoyable. 🙂

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