Despite the predictability of the story, it has such wonderful chemistry between Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. It is still quite funny to this day, having been released nearly 90 years ago. I think it is brilliantly directed by Frank Capra. Considering that there was censorship at this time, they worked their way around sex and intimacy really well, and I think it made their chemistry stronger because everything was implied. And I love the walls of Jericho - I think it is one of the most iconic things to come out of cinema!
Rope was interesting, and seems to be quite an underrated Hitchcock film. Of course it is known for creating the illusion of the film being one continuous take. And James Stewart’s performance. But I think Hitchcock films don’t get enough credit, in terms of their visuals. I liked the lighting and that everything that Hitchcock shows you with the camera is definitely for a reason.
The chemistry between the characters and the action were the best elements of the film. I LOVE Florence Pugh even more! The villain was a great threat, but he didn’t have much of an appearance and didn’t feel exciting enough in some moments. Also is it just me that thought the CGI in those final action sequences was a bit off?
Anyway, it is still an enjoyable MCU film. I love that it was directed by a woman, and had so many more female characters than male characters - which is rare in an MCU film, let alone an action film.
What can I say? It’s my favourite movie of all time.
River, what can I say about you that millions of other people haven’t said.
Rob Reiner - his direction is the best thing about this film. He understood whilst still keeping to the novella. He made everyone comfortable with the material and made it personal to him.
Its themes are so universal in the simplistic but powerful ways they are explored.
Stephen King said that this film was the first completely successful adaptation of his work. And, for me, it’s not hard to see why…
My review for this film is here.