It was a beautiful Saturday yesterday and my family did something that we don’t usually we do; watch classic movies all day. It was SO MUCH FUN! We watched four new movies that we had never seen before and because of that I had to share my experience and four tiny reviews of each film. Enjoy!
All the President’s Men
We began our movie marathon with Oscar-winning All the President’s Men which blew my mind by how good it turned out being. As someone who watched The Post a couple of years ago and was very underwhelmed political movies have a chance of being really interesting or really boring.
All the President’s Men was fascinating from beginning to end, specifically when noticing the disturbing parallels between Nixon’s administration and the very administration we’re enduring at the moment with President Trump. Will I ever watch this movie again? Maybe. I definitely enjoyed it enough to perhaps sit down and enjoy it again for a second time.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
This was undoubtedly my favorite film of yesterday’s marathon session. Following All the President’s Men, written by William Goldman, we decided to watch an earlier film of Goldman’s that would garner him an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. As someone who loves a good Western this movie made me happy on so many levels.
It was utterly riveting, telling the story of a pair of a scoundrels whose love for crime continuously got them in trouble. What made this movie stand out, however, was the hilarious banter between Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford). The Western felt a bit like a comedy, leaving me laughing out loud on more than one occasion, and by the end, I couldn’t help but laugh. It was a great story that I won’t forget any time soon.
Mighty Joe Young
I’ve watched three different King Kong movies. I knew nothing about Mighty Joe Young until yesterday and boy was I pleasantly delighted. Of course, being a movie brought out in 1949, there are some racist elements to the film, but they are menial and didn’t overall impede my enjoyment of the movie. By the end, I’m not going to lie, I was on the verge of tears but I held them back so I wouldn’t embarrass myself crying at Mighty Joe Young. I definitely enjoyed it more than every King Kong movie I’ve ever seen though.
And last but not least, we watched Best-Picture winner Unforgiven which my mother and I have been wanting to finally see for months now. Was it as riveting and downright breathtaking as No Country for Old Men? No. But it was pretty darn good. Surprisingly, it was the first Clint Eastwood movie I’ve ever watched and for this to be the first one I was pleasantly surprised.
Unlike Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, this was not at all a light Western but it was very, very good.
Suffice it to say, we had a great day yesterday. It was so much fun watching these classics and it’s very evident that my family and I will be doing this again real soon.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.