Countdown to 5K! – #22 – Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)


This is my 4947th Review

Original Rating prediction – 8/10

 

“It is so difficult to make a neat job of killing people with whom one is not on friendly terms” – Louis Mazzini

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Feb 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A poor relative of a British Duke decides to murder everyone ahead of him in line to inheriting the title and power of the Duke.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I heard about years ago and never had the opportunity to see.

I have been a fan of Alec Guinness for decades and have always been impressed by his work as a dramatic actor.

This film gives him the chance to do both dramatic and satiric work and he just as adept as he always is.

The premise of this film is quite clever and it manages to work on numerous levels based on the fact that it shows the way that the British system works from a very extreme perspective yet still remains intriguing and enjoyable throughout.

Guinness is perfect in the lead role (and in the other 7 roles he plays) and this is a great example of how he is able to give his best when creating a character (or characters) because each of them has a distinct personality, dialect and mannerism that helps show how difficult a task he placed on himself yet manages to excel throughout.

The use of narration here works quite well and it allows for the viewer to get a clear picture of everything going on.

The story remains fascinating throughout because it moves at a great pace and there is something constantly going on and allows for the viewer to be curious as to what will happen and more important how they will play out along the way.

This film says so much about the way that the Parliamentary system of the House of Lords works and despite the fact that things are take even beyond the extreme.

Bottom Line – Extremely clever idea that works on so many levels, Guinness is perfect in the lead role (and in the other 7 that he portrays here) and shows how great an actor he can be especially since this isn’t a straight drama but actually a satire.  The narration works quite well to give us pertinent information as things move along and the story manages to stay fascinating throughout because the viewer remains curious as to how things will happen and also if they should happen.  The story says quite a lot about how the system of the House of Lords works in England even if it takes things to an extreme while trying to show the story. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sir Alec Guinness nearly drowned in the scene where the Admiral goes down with his sinking ship. Guinness was held down by wires while the set filled up with water. Once the scene was wrapped, the crew started to leave, until one technician suddenly realized that they had forgotten to release Sir Alec from the wires holding him underwater. He immediately dove into the waters with some wire-cutters and freed Guinness. Fortunately for all concerned, Guinness took great pride in his ability to hold his breath for long periods of time. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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