One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ★★★★★

One of the rare cases where a film widely regarded as a classic fully lives up to all of its praise. Handles both its subject matter and its social commentary with so much sensitivity and maturity. Miloš Forman‘s handling of tone is especially straight up masterful, and so is his direction of actors; so many strong performances in this, with Jack Nicholson (in a career-best role) and Louise Fletcher in particular delivering phenomenal performances. Was a bit worried that this would be another Good Will Hunting/Shawshank Redemption — both films that seem to be praised highly for their performances and emotional resonance with audiences, yet came across to me as eye-roll inducing, Oscar bait mediocrity filled to the brim with Screenwriting 101 clichés — but I couldn’t be happier to have been proven wrong. An absolutely beautiful film.

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