Well, it has been quite a while. I last posted on this site, February 17, 2016. That was when I responded to someone who disagreed with my review of The Walking Deceased. Go check that out! I had a blast backing up my review.
Anyway, since I last posted on here, I have started a Twitch stream, YouTube channel and have watched a lot of movies. If you want to check out my Twitch stream, my channel name is Whitmoore. I usually try and stream on weekdays. The YouTube channel is called The Movie Seal. Check it out if you want to.
Last night, I watched the movie Morning Glory. This isn’t the film that came out a couple of years ago that starred Rachel McAdams. I’m talking about a film from 1933 and it stars Katharine Hepburn in her first Oscar winning role. She plays a girl who just arrived in New York who dreams of being a big actress on the stage. Adolphe Menjou plays a producer who isn’t exactly ready to give her that break she needs, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. plays a playwright who kind of takes an interest in her. C. Aubrey Smith (a personal favorite character actor) is also in here. He plays a very experienced actor who decides to take Hepburn under his wing and teach her what he can. That’s really all I want to tell about the story. Like my reviews before, I don’t like spoiling the story.
This was one of those films that really had no plot whatsoever. It is the story of a struggling actress trying to get her big opportunity. I’m sure all of us have seen this film before but what distinguishes this one from the rest is Hepburn. She is terrific in this. Charming, crazy, and elegant all wrapped into one. I couldn’t take my eyes off her during this film. I really haven’t watched a Hepburn film in a while but this film might make me pull out Adam’s Rib or The African Queen really soon. She really made you care for this character a whole lot and I was pulling for her. I even read, after watching the film, that Hepburn based her performance on Ruth Gordon. After thinking about that, I now can see it. Hepburn is possibly the best actress that graced the screen. If you haven’t seen any of her films, drop everything now and go watch something she’s in!
Lowell Sherman directed this film. I had never heard of him. It turns out he died in 1934. This film came out in 1933, so he didn’t really have a long career. He is pretty much known for this film and the Mae West movie She Done Him Wrong. It’s too bad. He definitely had potential with those two films under his belt.
If there’s anything I didn’t like about this movie, it would have to be the ending. I thought the ending was good but I felt the story could have went on. It ended so abruptly. I wasn’t expecting it to fade to black at that moment. It was kind of anticlimactic. I guess what I’m saying is that I wanted more. With a runtime of 70 minutes, I’m sure you can see why I’m saying I wanted more and not in a good way.
Overall, I really liked this movie. I wasn’t really expecting that with a 6.6 on IMDB right now, but I’ve learned for a while now that the scores on IMDB aren’t always accurate. Just for Hepburn’s performance alone, this film should be in the 7’s. I completely forgot my score system I set up for this blog, so let me look it up right now and post it below this:
So, will I keep up this blog once again? We will see. I can’t promise a review every day. I will try for every other day. I will probably start doing top 10 lists soon and I will probably do a once in a while feature where I will focus on one of my favorite films. Anyway, have a great day everyone and let’s see where this goes.