Tuesday, February 16, 2010

review: Mister Roberts

I started out not impressed, and I ended up loving it.
It's not what you would call a life-changing story or an epic, moving drama, but it is a delightful film.
Look at the star power on it: John Ford and Mervyn LeRoy directing. Starring Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, and Jack Lemmon. Think about that grouping for a second. And they are all fantastic. Cagney was particularly interesting in an unusual "bad guy" role. He played that so incredibly well. Fonda and Powell are delightful as always. It's sad to say that this was Powell's last film before he retired - he was still so good!! Lemmon is wonderful, and he earned an Oscar for his performance.
This movie really makes me wonder what the play was like. It's now on my list of plays to read.
This is one of those films that doesn't tax you too much. It's pure entertainment, with a little message, and a great ending!
4 out of 5 stars!

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