Thursday, 6 June 2013

It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night, 1934
Directed by Frank Capra
Nominated for 5 Oscars, Won 5
Up Against: The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Cleopatra, Flirtation Walk, The Gay Divorce, Here Comes the Navy, The House of Rothschild, Imitation of Life, One Night of Live, The Thin Man, Viva Villa!, The White Parade

Yes, yes, it's been a very long time since I've reviewed a movie. In fact I viewed this movie quite a while ago and just have been too busy to write my review. I got married about a month ago (yay!), so my time over the past few months have been sort of eaten up by planning, but I'm hoping that now I'm settled, to start doing more reviews.

It Happened One Night tells the story of Ellie, a spoiled heiress, who jumps off her father's yacht when he says she cannot marry the man she loves. When on mainland she catches a bus that will take her to her husband. However, sitting next to her is an out-of-luck reporter, Peter Warne. Reluctantly she must take his help and stick with him the entire trip, or else he'll blow the whistle on who she is, since her father is constantly searching for her. Though Warne's motives aren't completely innocent, a story to get his career back is what he's truly looking for.

This movie played out as a typical chick flick to me. In fact, it reminded me a bit of that movie Leap Year with Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. Spoiled girl takes help from annoying guy on a road trip, they end up falling in love, despite the fact that the spoiled girl already has a great man (or so she thinks). Then again, I'd assume a movie like this was way less cliche back in 1934 when this came out. However, it had some charming performances from Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. It was quirky and cute, and it was a fun little movie. Best Picture winning? Not if it came out in this day. It would be quickly overlooked. But it was a fun movie for the time, and something different.

Acting- 8/10 
Directing- 8/10 
Screenplay- 7.5/10 
Visuals- 7.5/10 

Music- 7/10 Emotional Connection- 7.5/10 
Entertainment- 8/10 
Rewatchability- 7.5/10 
Overall Enjoyment- 7.5/10 

Overall Package- 7.5/10     
Total: 76/100