Giant ★★★★

"Money isn't all, you know, Jett."
"Not when you got it."

James Dean's best performance and film, though Giant felt like watching a really good miniseries more than anything. Rock Hudson constantly reminded me of Cary Grant and Elizabeth Taylor is fantastic as a progressive, outspoken badass. The later years understandably focus a little more on the children (including a young Dennis Hopper) but as a result Taylor gets sidelined a bit too much. And while the way it addresses racism is commendable (and sadly all too real in the way it takes certain issues literally becoming part of one's family for some to make the change) the diner scene feels protracted and a bit clumsy. Still, another example of a big epic working for me way more than I ever anticipate.