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The classic stage hit gets the Hollywood treatment in the story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and a few privileged others on occasion also.) After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places.
I always have a wonderful time, wherever I am, whomever I'm with.
-Elwood P. Dowd
I never considered myself a huge fan of James Stewart, but after watching Harvey I realized I must be. After finishing the film, I was sure this was my favorite Stewart performance. Then after dwelling on it for more then 10 seconds I came back to the realization that Stewart stars in two of my all time favorite films: Rear Window and Vertigo.
In my review of Vertigo I even said that it must be the greatest performance of his career. Even as a wrote that I'm thinking of other great Stewart performances that go against the characteristics most associated with the actor. So to…
James Stewart starts as Elwood P. Dowd, a very peculiar man who befriends an invisible rabbit. The action focuses on the unique relationship between Harvey and Elwood and how it affects their family and the community around them because everyone thinks he's crazy for talking to an entity that no one sees, a six feet rabbit. Harvey is a film that manages to convey its message to the public in the best way possible. Henry Koster's film is sort of a critique to the perfectly normal human being, it's a film which appeals to the peculiarity and originality, a film which shows that there is no harm in being different, people shouldn't judge those who don't want to live in…
"Miss Kelly, you know, when you wear my flower, you make it beautiful."
First of all, if anybody has suggestions for films that you think I should watch, pop over to my Summer Recommendations list and comment what you recommend. I've been having so much fun watching these films, and I'd love to get more suggestions as I work through them.
Harvey is a film that I have very mixed feelings about. And that, heavily, is because of the first half an hour of the film. Throughout the first half-hour, I debated on whether or not to turn the film off. It drags the…
"I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it."
My two favourite films are Donnie Darko and Rear Window, I just don't understand why anyone thought this film about James Stewart and his imaginary giant rabbit friend would interest me.
About the pains of being pure at heart. And how infectious it can be.
Let's face it, Hollywood doesn't have the best track record with its depictions of people with mental curiosities. I'm sure it is difficult to express a persons infliction without leaning too far in either direction. That is to say portraying them as either brainless, often times violent, lunatics. Or csating them too far in the other direction as a mythical prophet or a gifted harbinger of tranquility. Rain Man or Forest Gump are good examples. So it stands to reason that I have my apprehensions going into a movie where Jimmy Stewart plays a character that sees a 6 foot white rabbit, and his family wants to have him committed to a mental institution.
I am so please to say…
Didn't love this as much as I hoped I would. I love the story premise/theme, that's also the thing that will stick in my mind. And Jimmy Stewart's performance because he's perfect as Elwood and he's the main reason to watch this. But I just didn't like most of the other characters, especially the ones played by Victoria Horne and Jesse White, and even Josephine Hull's award-winning performance got extremely on my nerves. I did like Peggy Dow and Charles Drake though. Also, I had hoped to be moved more deeply by the endearing story but the overall farcical tone got in the way. I can definitely see the charm of this film and I did enjoy it but I guess I was waiting for something that never came.
POOKA - from old Celtic mythology
A fairy spirit in animal form always very large. The pooka appears here and there, now and then, to this one and that one. A benign but mischievous creature, very fond of rumpots, crackpots, and how are you, Mr. Wilson?
I think James Stewart is my all-time favourite screen legend. He comes across on screen as being so affable and easy going it's hard not to instantly like him. That usual chipperness has a dark streak running through it in Harvey, a tale of a rich unemployed alcoholic with a six foot invisible rabbit for a friend.
The slightly slapstick nature of the comedy and the stage-based origins grate for only a short while, before Jimmy's nature rubs off on you. And just when you have that optimism at peak Jimmy, the film suddenly becomes quite bleak and uncompromising. A real unusual gem.
A sweet, innocent, and heartwarming performance from the wonderful James Stewart!
June Scavenger Hunt | Film #23, Task #17
A film with an imaginary friend
Looking for films about imaginary friends, this classic kept appearing in every list I found. I decided to give it a go.
It's not a 1950's Donnie Darko, apparently.
At first, I was a bit annoyed with Elwood P. Dowd and his invisible rabbit. I thought James Stewart didn't do a convincing job at playing the lead. Until I realised that this was a film based on a play, and this was just the style of acting that comes with a screenplay like this.
It started to grow on me a bit after that. Still, not entirely my thing.
A series of good to great performances, but there's not enough cinematic magic to transform this from a stage play to good movie. Many of the screwball comedy aspects are fun and clever, and the film shines when Stewart is given an opportunity to work as a comedian. The problem is that much of the rest of the film is too stiff and tame to tap into the uniqueness of the story. I guess I am thankful they chose not to animate the rabbit though.
Film # 13 of the Scavenger Hunt # 15 Challenge
Task # 17: A film with an imaginary friend
"'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me."
I really found this movie to be quite charming. I do enjoy how easy of a time Jimmy Stewart seems to be having playing Elwood P. Dowd. (Here, let me give you my card.) There's something about the character that is so sweet and endearing that I could watch this movie several times over. Stewart says this was one of his favorite films he made, and I completely understand why.
Much of this seems dated purely due to the way mental illness is handled. This inherently makes many of the characters more unlikeable than what was probably intended, but James Stewart as Elwood is so sweet and charming that this film is still enjoyable to watch.
hallucinated (or did I?) for scavenger hunt 15 – june 2016
Task # 21: A film with rabbits/ a rabbit
this is practically interchangable on this months scav hunt with Donnie Darko in 2 categories
this one's better.
cute and heartwarming. occasionally laugh-out-loud. commits with all it's heart to it's wacky premise, which is great for 1950, and handles issues of mental health with a light and cringe-free touch
jimmy stewart as elwood p. dowd is someone we should all aspire to be.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…