“To think of her going blind at her age and now she can’t even recognize acquaintances. These are glass eyes you are wearing, aren’t they? Perfect. Perfect. I do hope that they will continue to attract men.” – Becky Sharp
Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Dec 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A young socialite from a lower class family tries to break into the high society circles of England by making herself very popular at parties.
My Take on it – In my quest to watch all movies that have received Oscar nominations in the acting categories, I came across this film that I had never even heard of beforehand.
Boy, was this one extremely boring.
The title character played by Miriam Hopkins actually stands out with her mannerisms and quips, yet even with all of that, she isn’t able to make this film any more enjoyable to watch.
For her work here, Hopkins definitely was a deserving nominees for an Oscar for Best Actress.
The plot of this film is drawn out too much and the fact that most of the story is showing this character interacting with a roulette wheel of suitors who are all very different in their attitudes yet the idea gets tiring too quickly.
Adding to this, is the fact that the plethora f suitors gets quite confusing since most aren’t given much screen time.
It’s quite unfortunate that this film fails to use the potential it has and doesn’t develop the characters or story enough which might have made this film more enjoyable t watch, instead of making the viewer endure this kind of story the way that they chose to present it.
Bottom Line – Really boring film that is led by a character who stands out yet still isn’t able to make this story more interesting to watch. Hopkins was rightfully nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here. The plot is drawn out too much and the choice to have this character constantly interact with a carousel of suitors gets a bit too confusing since it isn’t always easy to tell them all apart. It’s unfortunate that they ruin the potential that this film has by not finding a way to develop the character and story to a much more comprehensive story which would have helped make this more enjoyable instead of having to painstakingly get through it.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The first feature-length three-strip Technicolor film. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)
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