October 15th, 2008

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Breaking Eggs

As regular readers know, I have been watching all the movies that won the Oscar for Best Picture and sharing my thoughts on them. I got a little behind, because for some odd reason Blockbuster online kept sending me the 2006 version of All the King's Men, starring Sean Penn, instead of the Oscar-winning 1949 version starring Broderick Crawford. Finally, I did obtain a used DVD through Amazon.com.

Last week, I was under the weather and didn't get a chance to watch it, but I've finally viewed the movie. Was it worth the wait? Not so much.

The movie is like a dark mirror of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, where an honest man wins statewide office, only to be corrupted by the political system. Where Mr. Smith is effervescent and engaging, All the King's Men is plodding and pedantic.

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