It’s kind of strange that this is actually the second movie I’ve watched out of 8 with a screenplay adapted from a book. Also the second with Christopher Lloyd in a supporting role I didn’t know about. Lots of weird parallels in a short amount of time. I’m eager to see if this trend keeps up.
Having not read the original book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The story in the movie (which apparently differs from that in the book) centers around a newly-admitted patient to a mental hospital, R.P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson). A headstrong troublemaker, McMurphy quickly becomes entangled with his ward’s head nurse, Nurse Ratched.
As I mentioned earlier, I learned after some research that the screen adaptation is supposedly somewhat different from the source material. The story that is depicted, however, is still a very poignant piece about an emotional struggle for independence from a dominating authority.
Very strong throughout. Louise Fletcher purveys Nurse Ratched’s cold and calculated actions with brilliance. Nicholson is perfect as the clever and charismatic McMuphy, who leads a wonderful ensemble cast (many in their first major role).
Somehow manages to capture every interesting detail of a mental ward and its patients. Surprisingly lively for a portrait of something so plain.
Good sound quality. Served to bring the dynamic characters to life. No video effects of any kind, but they’re no requirement.
The fact that this film is one of only 3 to bag the Academy Awards’ “Grand Slam” is probably the best piece of evidence to its merit.
Just go get it. Watch it. Now.
P.S.- About to get on Netflix and roll the dice for a replacement to “Mystic River”. Wish me luck.