The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) Rated NR

A spoiled heir to a fortune comes between his mother and the man she loves. Based on the book by Booth Tarkington. Starring Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, and Anne Baxter.

I’m a little surprised that everyone hypes this film up to a masterpiece. While a great story, it doesn’t hold a candle to Orson Welles’ other film Citizen KaneNow, the studio did cut a lot of the original film and some were reshot. It doesn’t hold a candle to what it may have been. George Minafer is the spoiled heir who needs to have his comeuppance, and while he does, we don’t get a good picture of it. It’s brushed by as is the meatiness of the story. George is the basis of the story, but he isn’t one that we care too much about. The love story between his mother and her teenage love is one that should maybe have been highlighted more. I don’t know. I do think Welles would’ve showcased the moral of the story more prominently. It’s too bad the studio killed the film. It’s not worth the watch. 

 

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