Number of Times Seen – Twice (26 Feb 2014 and 13 Apr 2020)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A look at the way of life on the home front in England during the early days of World War II.
My Take on it – This is a film that I have been interested in re-watching for quite some time and I’m now quite happy that I only got around to it now.
This is such a poignant film that has a great message for all of us even now while we are all in the midst of a world wide crisis because not only is the message timeless, but it resonates so well in the current times.
The cats of this film is great and they help make the characters all feel more realistic and tangible.
Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, Margaret Witty and Henry Travers are al superb here and each depicts a different part of society that needed to adapt during the days when their country was besieged by a deadly enemy.
This film does a wonderful job showing us the various kinds of problems that these people needed to face at those times and it all feels quite genuine and real throughout.
Some scenes are quite slow and that drags things down a bit.
The problem with trying to find a way to deal with all of the governmental restrictions while also trying to maintain normal life is shown really well here and that part of the story is so very relevant to what we all seem to be experiencing today which is amazing when one thinks about it all.
This may not be the very best film of 1942, but it still works really well.
I can understand how it could garner 6 Oscars (of 12 nominations) including wins for Best Actress (Garson), Best Supporting Actress (Wright), Best Director (William Wyler – his first of 3 career wins in the category) and Best Picture.
This is a movie that is able to show the resilience of people during very trying times where they don’t know what the future has in store for them and it rings so very true even after 78 years.
Bottom Line – Such a poignant film that is even more interesting to watch during the current crisis because it resonates with the world we live in now in addition to the one depicted in the early 1940’s. The cast is great with Garson, Pidgeon, Wright, Witty and Travers all giving great and realistic performances here. They do a nice job showing us the various issues that these besieged people faced during a very difficult time. This film may not be the best movie of 1942 but it is done really well and I can understand how it could win 6 out of 12 Oscars including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Picture. It shows the resilience of people in difficult times and the fact that it was filmed while the world was in the midst of a war helps the story ring so true throughout. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Vicar’s final rousing speech was printed in magazines like “Time” and “Look”. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered that it be broadcast on the Voice of America, and copies of it were dropped over Europe as propaganda. This speech has come to be known as The Wilcoxon Speech, in tribute to actor Henry Wilcoxon’s stirring delivery of it. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)
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