January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #7 of the 49.
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Initial Viewing Memories – I came across this film a few months after it came out and it quickly became one of my all time favorite Newman films. The emotional impact of the story and characters always moves me.
Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (cable, video, DVD, 27 Apr 2014, 3 Feb 2021 and 4 Jan 2022)
Brief Synopsis – A building contractor living in a small town tries to keep his life on track.
My Take on it – This is such a great film that works so well due to the amazing performance of Paul Newman in the lead role.’His characters is given so much depth along the way and that helps endear him to the viewer despite his stubbornness along the way.
The film is based on an award winning novel and the plot is so down to Earth that it makes it even easier to relate to the characters and all that transpires here.
The supporting cast is also great with Melanie Griffiths, Bruce Willis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dylan Walsh, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Josef Sommer, Philip Bosco and Jessica Tandy all adding so much realism to all that happens here.
Love the tone of the story and the music by Howard Shore enhances things so much.
The choice to film the story in the dead of winter is also great because it too adds so much to the feel of this small town and the feeling of the characters along the way.
The dialogue is superbly written and keeps things so engaging and fun throughout despite the story being a dramatic look at one’s life especially how one questions what he did up until that time and whether it was worth it or not.
This was Newman’s final Oscar nominated performance for Best Actor and despite not having much of a chance of beating Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump (1994), he gives one of the best performances of his storied career.
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On Jessica Tandy’s nightstand is a black and white photograph of her real live husband Hume Cronyn. They were married for 52 years (until her death shortly after she completed this movie) and often appeared in movies together. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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