Thursday, October 20, 2011

#417: The Misfits

Directed by: JOHN HUSTON
1961, TSPDT Rank #712

I watched The Misfits a few nights ago, in commemoration of Montgomery Clift's birthday. It's a great film, and it's going sorely unnoticed because people find it "uneventful." How this film is considered less "eventful" than The Two Towers, I will never fully grasp. The performances of all the actors are searing and spectacular. Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe (both giving their last performances) are basically the two central actors of the film, but the performances of Eli Wallach and Monty Clift are no less impressive. For anyone who has experienced the feelings of not looking at the world like everyone else does, or had a hard time coping with the world in general will especially like this film. If you don't have any vulnerable spots, and have no interest in reading into the feelings the actors transmit, a film like The Two Towers might be considered great viewing instead. But I personally would highly recommend the exotic blend of quiet, moody desperation and burning exhilaration that The Misfits presents. Also, happy belated birthday, Monty.

(Rating: 9/10)

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