1941 (1979)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale (Screenplay) Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, John Milius (Story)

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Christopher Lee, Tim Matheson

 

Plot: Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.


Tagline – As They Roared Into Battle, Only One Thing Was Missing…The Enemy!

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simply Not Good Enough

 

Story: 1941 starts in the aftermath of Pearl Harbour, The Japanese are searching for Hollywood for their latest attack, while the army are planning to create a defence on the Californian coastline, Sgt Frank Tree (Aykroyd) leads his men in preparations while pilot Captain Wild Bill Kelso (Belushi) travels the country to support his troops.

The preparations bring us comical happenings which lead to what is going on between the Americans and the impending Japanese.

 

Thoughts on 1941

 

Characters – We have so many characters in this film it is hard to pick out the main ones, we will though, Sgt Frank Tree tries to keep peace between his soldiers and not letting them fight with the locals. Ward Douglas is the man that sees it has an honour to host the army for prime location for defence. Captain Wild Bill Kelso is a pilot that enjoys a drink, he heads across country to join the battle. Where we have too many characters it is hard to see which one we are meant to be follow the most.

PerformancesThe performances are affected by the mass cast because no one gets to show their best skills, we have the comical actors that want to joke, only for them to miss, then the serious actors not hitting their moments either.

StoryThe story follows the Americans as they plan for a potential next attack on America from the Japanese in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbour attack. The problem I see with this story, it showing us how we make light of a devastating moment in history with the Pearl Harbour attack and shows how America did panic but didn’t seem to take the events serious, well that is what the film gives us.

Action/Comedy/WarThe action plays into the comedy which gets basic laughs but most of the laughs seem to have dated badly and even just give us toilet humour, all with the backdrop of World War II.

SettingsThe film puts us in LA for the events of the film which shows how Hollywoodland would react to the impending war.


Scene of the Movie –
Plane sex.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too many characters.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the biggest misses of Spielberg’s career, it has too many characters and doesn’t manage to balance out the comedy and action well enough.

 

Overall: Disappointing throughout.

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Network (1976)

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Director: Sidney Lumet

Writer: Paddy Chayefsky (Screenplay)

Starring: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty

 

Plot: A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor’s ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Ranting Classic

 

Story: Network starts when Howard Beale (Finch) a news anchor is being let go because of poor ratings, he announces a two week before his ‘retirement’ that he is going to kill himself live on air. The network decides to fire him before this happening but when Diana Christensen (Dunaway) sees the ratings she suggest bring him back along with his head of new Max Schumacher (Holden) as ruthless new owner Frank Hackett (Duvall) wants to see ratings rise.

The rating continues to grow leading to Howard becoming a hit but just how much do the network really care about what he is saying and will he follow through with what he says.

Network really is a film that I can understand why it is rated so highly but I didn’t enjoy, nearly every character gives epic rants about life which end up coming off very repetitive once we heard them all once. We do get to see the cut throat world of entertainment world but by then it all ends up making the lives of the characters feel like a television show. The social commentary does work well about how the general public can be blinded by bigger stories.

 

Actor Review

 

Faye Dunaway: Diana Christensen is the ruthless lady in the network who wants to make Howard Beale the biggest name on the station with the highest ratings, she will take chance other wouldn’t but she really is just compensation for something else. Faye gives a great performance as a very independent woman in a world way before its time.

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William Holden: Max Schumacher is the former new head who gets fired once Howard is getting too big for him to bad able to handle or take serious. He gets involved in a relationship with Diana which puts his own marriage in danger. William gives a good performance in this role.

 

Peter Finch: Howard Beale is the news anchor who is threatening to kill himself after the network decides to force him into retire, but when people start tuning into his news reports he becomes an overnight success as a ranting man the nation starts to follow him. Peter gives the most memorable performance as he goes through the most rants.

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Robert Duvall: Frank Hackett is the new network President that is desperate to become the next big thing and he see Howard as a way to make himself the biggest name in the network. Robert continued to show how much a consistent performer.

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Support Cast: Network has typical network performance from the supporting cast that all work well for the roles being played.

 

Director Review: Sidney LumetSidney gives us a great idea behind the film but sadly it has started to feel dated now.

 

Drama: Network brings us lots of character ranting and screaming in a cut throat world.

Settings: Network keeps most of the action inside the network studio showing how things are closely knit to make sure we see how fast things come in and out of popularity.

Suggestion: Network is one to watch once to see how well the films used to be made. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Peter Finch

Worst Part: Too much ranting.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won 4 Oscars and 5 Nomination

Budget: $3,8 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 1 Minute

Tagline: Television will never be the same!

 

Overall: Brilliant cinema but too much ranting for my liking.

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