“Life was too simple without you.” – Major Augustus Parkington
Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Jun 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A wealthy matriarch of an aristocratic family reminisces about her youth as she tries to deal with the misfortunes of the day.
My Take on it – This is a film that I knew absolutely nothing about before coming across the title in my recent quest to watch all films featuring Oscar nominated performances.
The story that they tell here is told really well and we get an epic feeling about it all.
They allow us to get a full understanding of what happened over the life of the main character in order to make her the woman she now has become.
This is a movie that knows how to skillfully use flashbacks in order to not only make correlations between the present and the past, but also to help develop the characters even more as we get to see the evolution of things along the way.
The cast of this film is superb and the three main characters played by Greer Garson, Walther Pidgeon and Agnes Moorehead are all great.
Both Garson (Actress) and Moorehead (Supporting Actress) were able to garner Oscar nominations for their performances here as the wife and best friend of a wealthy businessman who will do all he can to make it bigger than ever,
Pidgeon does a great job with his character too since we get to see how the events of the film were able to help him form his characters motivations that slowly evolve over the course of time and over the course of the film.
Bottom Line – Great story that works really well since it allows us to get a full understanding of the life of the main character and how she became the woman she now is. The film uses the flashbacks really skillfully and is helps develop the characters even more as we get to see how things came to be. The cast is superb and both Garson and Moorehead were nominated for Oscars for their work here and the wife and best friend of a wealthy businessman. Pidgeon is also great as the leading man here because we get to see how his character and his motivations in life slowly evolve over time. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In a move unusual for a film even today, the movie was shot in chronological order. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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