Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cavalcade (1933)

A cavalcade of English life from New Year's Eve 1899 until 1933 seen through the eyes of well-to-do Londoners Jane and Robert Marryot. [imdb]

Nominated for 4 Oscars:

Best Picture (WINNER)
Best Director: Frank Lloyd (WINNER)
Best Actress: Diana Wynyard
Best Art Direction (WINNER)

The 6th Best Picture winner is a disaster. :) I can't even write about it. What's strange is that, judging by its subject, the story had lots of potential. It has a decent beginning and the ending was well performed. But truth be told: the film has no middle and NO real story to tell.
It's mistakenly promoted as some kind of a love story. It's not. It's also not an epic film, but a montage of various, uninteresting (!) moments from the life of a family. But the characters are so poorly constructed and the scenes so rushed and lacking any true emotion, that you DON'T give a damn what happens and you mostly go like: who the f*ck cares?! It didn't deserve any Oscar win, nor any nominations. Diana tries to act something, but she's got absolutely nothing to work with, especially in the 2nd part; but she really tries, and I'll hand that to her. I can only imagine this is the worst Best Picture winner ever, in my opinion; but we'll see.
My rating for the film: 3/10. Not less, because I don't hate it; but it did waste my time. Almost nothing to hold on to.

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