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I’ve discovered Turner Classic Movies on HBO Max and thought it would be a good idea to watch some of the “classics” I’d never seen. I decided to start alphabetically at Citizen Kane. Bad start.
It didn’t age well. The movie is inspired by William Randolph Hearst, who means absolutely nothing to me. I’m a guy born long after Hearst died (1951), and even longer after Citizen Kane was released (1941). I can’t relate specifically, and the general story is just blah. I’m also annoyed at the “twist” that’s been the subject of so much praise. I see it as less a “big deal” and more a “big disappointment.”
Nevertheless, I at least respect what this film means to the evolution of cinema. According to those in the know, it was a necessary step towards the great movies we have now. I also liked that it went out of its way to highlight new actors in the end credits, one of whom, Agnes Moorehead, played Samantha’s mother in Bewitched.
If, like me, you just have to see it, then do so, but don’t expect much. As always, YMMV.
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Wow, really. Of course you don’t have to like it; you don’t even have to appreciate it. But it’s a classic and a milestone in the history and development of cinema. Anyone reading this who is now hesitant as a result should know that it receives universal acclaim from film-makers and historians. I’d recommend you give yourself the opportunity to enjoy this masterpiece. If afterwards you regret taking the time, at least you will have acquired an informed opinion.
How much more informed of an opinion can I have? I watched it and didn’t like it. It’s that simple. That said, contrary to your implication, I both respect it and appreciate it’s place in cinema. I said that. In the post. ????
And I wrote, in my comment, that you, Frylock, don’t have to like it. And THEN I wrote “Anyone reading this” (IE, your review) “who is now hesitant as a result should know” and “I’d recommend,” comments directed to said folks “reading this who (are) now hesitant.” Those comments are not directed towards you.
Oh, so you expanded on what I always say: YMMV. That wasn’t clear from context, but I can see that now.
To all: No one should assume I speak for anyone other than myself.
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