Review – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

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one-flew-over-the-cuckoos-nest-58e2d3442ed14When it comes to older, classic films, those are the selected films I’ve seen the least of. I hold the belief that a lot of these films are classics just because at that time period, literally every movie that came out was original, so in a way, immediately loved for that reason. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a film I’ve heard many, many times about, but never gave in and checked it out. This was unfortunate on my end, as this movie truly earned its place in not only the classics portion of film history, but also each and every win the film received for that year’s Oscar Awards (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, & Best Supporting).

Plot Summary:

McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble and is sentenced by the court. To escape labor duties in prison, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once here, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. McMurphy and the other inmates band together to make a rebellious stance against the atrocious Nurse.

The Good:

There’s simply too many things to gather in one spot for this, but the main things that stick out for the things that make this film good are the performances, dialogue, and quite honestly, atmosphere. Even though I’ve seen Nicholson in too many films to mention, this is without a doubt his most impressive performance in a film that I’ve ever seen. It surprised me, as he is quite possibly the best actor to play a mental patient, yet he is the most normal person in the film. Instead, it’s the hospital that earns that “crazy” label, and the way they treat these people, turning them crazier just by their sheer cruelty is what makes this film so maddening in such a visceral, real way that’s hard to forget. This film is a beautiful arrangement of emotions throughout, from feeling happy and laughing out loud, to practically yelling at the screen for staying bold and real, reminding us the kind of impact we have on others in both a good and bad way.

The Bad:

There’s not much to mention here – except for one main thing: balance. This dives deep into the characters and minds of others, but it lacks a bit of true story direction. It really just follows around a group of characters as the atmosphere around them intensifies, which is great, but there’s not any clear idea of where things are going. Nobody has any real goals in the film. Nicholson sort of wants to escape, but that’s hardly a plot, as it focuses on characters so heavily. So, in essence, there’s not much of an inciting incident or multiple obstacles, either. That being said, the good overshadows the bad in almost every way that even mentioning this seems silly.

TOTAL SCORE: 91/100

Total Breakdown:

Title One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Year 1975
Total Score 91
Watched 11-Jun-2018
Acting 2
Characters 2
Casting 2
Importance 1
Chemistry 2
PEOPLE SCORE 9
Dialogue 2
Balance
Story 2
Originality 2
Interesting 2
WRITING SCORE 8
Visuals 1
Directing 1
Editing 1
Advertisement 2
Music/Sound 2
BTS SCORE 7
Introduction 2
Inciting Incident 1
Obstacles 1
Climax 2
Falling Action 2
NARRATIVE ARC SCORE 8
Rewatchable 2
Fun 2
Impulse/Buy 2
Impulse/Talk 1
Sucks You In 2
ENTERTAINMENT SCORE 9
Specialty 1: Genres – Drama
Specialty 1 Note:
Specialty 1 Rating 10
Specialty 2: Concept – Actor Specific
Specialty 2 Note: Jack Nicholson
Specialty 2 Rating 10
Specialty 3: Concept – Concept
Specialty 3 Note:
Specialty 3 Rating 10
Specialty 4: Concept – Title Specific
Specialty 4 Note: classic
Specialty 4 Rating 10
Halfway Decent 10
SPECIALTY SCORE 50
Genre Drama
Possible Awards
Franchise
Total Score 91
Review # 1475
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Review – Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

avengers-infinity-war---part-i-5ad79cbb423d5.jpgMan, I wish I spoke in expletives, because if ever there was a movie that deserved it…it would be Avengers: Infinity War – in a good way. 

avengers-infinity-war---part-i-5adeb5d1e650fA lot of people will have a lot of different opinions about Infinity War, but if there was one main truth, it would be that the film is terribly difficult to even begin talking about without spoiling one major thing or another, and that’s not what I want to do. I can’t talk about the plot or even some of the basic things I normally talk about in these reviews due to the same problem. So, here’s what I will do – because I can’t talk in-depth about the film, I’ll split up the good from the bad and hopefully that won’t challenge the way you see the film. I will start with the bad so that we end on a good note.

THE BAD:

The biggest thing I have to mention here is what I dreaded all along…that things are just stretched a little too thin. Its greatest benefit is also its greatest downfall, and that’s unfortunate. It had both issues in terms of balance – too many characters and too many locations – so when I say they are stretched thin, I mean there are some characters that you consistently don’t see for a good length of time, and that starts to feel a little silly.

Also, even if you love the movie to death, you can’t show somebody the movie that is unsure about the MCU – if they start here, they will have absolutely no idea what’s going on. I only missed one movie in the entire universe (Black Panther, will see it in the coming weeks when it comes to digital, promise) and when it came to Wakanda, I was honestly a little lost just at that point. Side note…I got huge Phantom Menace Gungan war vibes from Wakanda.

Another thing, the trailers sort of lie to you…not to a massive degree, but watch any of the trailers, they almost all end in the same sequence – where everybody is running at the screen in the forest, all of the Avengers assembled and everything – that sequence doesn’t happen because all of the Avengers are never in the same place at the same time. Heck, even some Avengers in that sequence aren’t actually in the movie at all. It’s slightly false advertising, but I’ll give it to them because the spirit itself was still there nonetheless.

THE GOOD:

We all want to end on a good note, so here’s one: the movie is insane – in a very, very good way. Even though it is stretched thin, the writers did a wonderful job making these characters all have purpose and depth – it gave them a reason for being there, not just because they are from all these movies, but because they all have things going on in their lives that contributes to who they are as people and where they are going from here.

It also may not be the highest rated movie on my list for the universe, that mostly has to due with the balance of everything, I will say this – it’s unforgettable. There’s something to be said about the film beyond where the scoring is involved. Honestly, they did it again. They changed the way we see and make movies – you can tell that they fought – hard – to make it as balanced as humanly possible. It could’ve been far worse, but we had great directors behind the wheel and thankfully never lost control of the massive vehicle.

Another great thing: people have been complaining about Marvel’s lack of great villains to the degree of saying some of the Netflix Marvel shows had better villains than the films ever did. Well, here you go, folks…have fun complaining about Thanos because the dude is a great character and an even better villain.

Finally, if I’m honest with myself, it’s been a good long while since I felt that urge to want to see the next installment now from the series. This entire universe has gotten a sort of…business as usual vibe going on. It’s almost a joke to really get a lot of anticipation for these things because there’s at least a new film every year – but I have that urge again. I’m charged up and ready to see where they take this thing, because I have no idea what they’ll do. My heart nearly stopped while watching Infinity War, I’m cautious about watching the next installment, but I can’t say no. GIVE ME MORE AVENGERS!

RATING: 93/100