IMDb 8.4/10 | Rotten Tomatoes 100% | Metacritic 100% | My TPL Rating 7/10
Citizen Kane. Critically acclaimed as the #1 movie of all time.
I admittedly had not seen this movie before tonight, and I thought I should write my thoughts while it was still fresh in my mind.
Being number one on the list, I was intrigued to start with this one. But, I have to say that being made in 1941 also limits the actual definition of good and entertaining in this day and age – especially to millennials and Gen X-ers like myself.
Let me start by saying, I think a lot of the hype of this movie comes from the era it was made. Accolades also come from the improved cinematic features as compared to other movies during its time. The story itself wasn’t that compelling, and although the acting was good, no one moved me with their greatness.
All of that being said, it was a solid flick, and at the end of the day, I did enjoy it. I give it a 7/10.
Orson Welles gave a great performance as Charles Kane, and the movie actually does stand the test of time. We can always relate the main character to someone we presently love to hate. There is not a shortage of rich tycoons out there who strive to jump into politics, and we could literally insert our current president into the lead role and not change a thing about the storyline.
I did have to go back and re-watch the beginning because I was a little distracted and didn’t quite understand what was going on. Once I did, it all came together and made more sense. I’d recommend reading a quick synopsis of the beginning if you’ve never seen it or don’t know what the plot is about. The story is told through flashbacks, so that’s important to understand going in.
Is Citizen Kane one of your favorite movies or did it not make the cut? Let me know in the comments!
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