When I saw the title of the next movie on the top 100 list I have to admit I had never heard of it. Couldn’t name any of the actors in it. Seriously, I was completely clueless. I looked it up on IMDb and read the blurb:
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor’s ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.
Okay, I was intrigued. Then I delved a little deeper and saw the cast: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, and Robert Duvall. Now I was really curious. I admire all of these actors. So I popped the DVD in and settle down with The Better Half and the boys.
Within thirty minutes, The Better Half and Miles were asleep and Atticus left the room. I’ll be honest, I really wasn’t into the movie either, but I have a rule: I have to watch the entire film. Last week when I mentioned that this was the next movie on the list, many of you warned me it was one of those films that you either love or hate. I didn’t want to be a hater. So I tried to stay positive.
Is it over yet?
Before I say what I didn’t like, let me point out the good aspects. The writing is superb. The acting is right on the money. So what didn’t I like. The story. Maybe it’s because I watched it in 2014 and not when it was released in 1976. However, I was only two when it came out.
In today’s world, we expect TV executives to do everything in their power to garner viewers. They exploit people all the time in hopes of getting a few extra advertising dollars. I mean look at some of the programming on MTV. So I wasn’t shocked by the film. And that’s probably not fair to this particular film. I should have tried to view it from the time period it came from, but I just couldn’t. I blame myself, not the film.
In fact it was wildly successful in its day. It won four academy awards for Best Actor (Peter Finch), Best Actress (Faye Dunaway), Best Supporting Actress (Beatrice Straight), and Best Original Screenplay (Paddy Chayefsky).
So don’t listen to me. Many others like this film. It just didn’t click for me, but that doesn’t mean it won’t for you. And like I said, the acting is fantastic.
Up next is: Cabaret. Great! I love the musical, but I’ve never seen the film.