The Grapes of Wrath Reviews

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½ February 9, 2015
A pesar de la gran historia que nos estan contando algo no termina por cuajar. El elenco es de los mejores y nos entregan actuaciones de primera.
Tristemente algo no me termino de gustar y creo que fue su ritmo y sus 15 minutos de sobra.
½ January 20, 2015
Desgarrador film que revela las miserias humanas , con unos de los mejores dialogos en la historia del cine
January 4, 2015
The notoriously conservative John Ford's only venture out of his Western-filled comfort zone is a sympathetic but radical adaption of the John Steinbeck novel. After serving time in the penitentiary, Tom Joad rejoins with family in the peak of the depression, and is shocked and angered to see the deplorable conditions his family and others are suffering through. It's a bleak plea for work and the rights of the common people, yes, but a cinematic marvel as well, with Gregg Toland perfectly capturing the wide open spaces and sparse civilization of depression era America, and John Ford's ingenious use of candle light as the sole light-source in night-time scenes. Too often, movies from this era tend to show their over-pressed message with age, but the deep focus on its characters, brilliant performances and the stern writing give The Grapes of Wrath an immediate impact that'll never fade.
December 31, 2014
It's a story of a formal troublemaker, on parole, developing a rebellious nature against the way how the law were giving harsh and unfair treatment when witnessing such actions while traveling on the road with his family as their destination is to a chance of being able to create a living for themselves during the era of the Great Depression. An average John Ford film on the road than the dirt of the west with blandly bumps and mostly the same level of enjoyment based on the characterization and the nice spirits of family time being well-performed to express what they can do as whole. (B+)

(Full review coming soon - with better wording probably)
½ August 16, 2011
I honestly like the movie better than the book, but I still wish they would have included the book's ending.
½ December 13, 2014
a picture of how bitter life is in the other side of war
November 9, 2014
Finally got around to see this John Ford masterpiece. I meant to read Steinbeck's novel first but there are just too many books in front of it in the line. Can we clone Henry Fonda? That guy just oozes coolness.

Watch it along with Ken Burns' documentary, The Dust Bowl and then be happy with what you have today.
½ October 8, 2014
If it falls a bit short of the novel, that still doesn't keep this from being a socially-respondent masterpiece of classical Hollywood!
October 1, 2014
It's ok it's ok, we'll take those.
The grapes of wrath movie missed some important moments and scenes. I was very disappointed and shocked at the end of the movie. It felt unfinished and disappointing. I mostly say this because I read the book and the ending missed three very important scenes that happened in the book. The movie portrayed the themes and antagonist of the book nicely. Although, during the climax, I thought disappointed by the actors' performances. Very poor acting in the most important scene, it didn't feel natural but felt forced and rushed. For this to be such an old movie, I thought that the crew did a good job with lighting and sound. I think better Music could've been play during the climax. There were times when the music was corny, but then again I'm comparing it to the quality of the music we having movies today. The movie have more pros and cons but it still doesn't get the Ant John stamp of approval.
September 30, 2014
The Grapes of Wrath movie did a great job depicting Steinbeck's 1930's novel the Grapes of Wrath. The movie portrayed life in the Midwest during the Dust Bowl. The actors fitted their characters perfectly. Henry Ford, playing as Tom Joad, gave the character a hard essence to their personality. In the book, Tom Joad was characterized as a hard shell man which earlier on in the movie found his purpose which was to stand up for justice. Henry Fonda showed leadership skills and provided a serious tone to the character. Ma Joad (played by Jane Darwell) created the personality of a mother who was about business and the important of family. The technical elements of this movie tied it together. The vibe this movie gave off was an uneasy vibe. The uneasy vibe brought about a hatred of injustice and a fight for justice.
"Fella gets use to a piece of cherry pie and its hard to give it up!"
September 25, 2014
Surely one of the greatest movies ever made. With the help of John Ford's solid direction and Henry Fonda's brilliant performance, even after 70 years, The Grapes of Wrath still resonates in our heart and delivers powerful messages.
½ May 31, 2014
The film's cinematography stands out in this wonderful film. The movie follows the book fairly closely until the end when censorship forbade showing the shocking events that ended the novel. This film is definitely one of the all-time greats.
August 31, 2014
John Steinbecks's classic must read novel with Henry Fonda as Tom Joad. Set in the Midwest during the Great-Depression and massive dust storms, the Depression era migrants encounter hostile cultural-economic prejudice in migrating to the farms of California.
March 28, 2013
A saddening, but ultimately inspiring film with great performances and beautiful cinematography that deserves to be a Classic American drama.
August 17, 2014
'Takes no nerve to do something, ain't nothin' else you can do.'
½ February 22, 2010
(First and only viewing - 1/28/2011)
May 26, 2014
Based on one of the most famous novels of all time, I didn't know what to expect from The Grapes of Wrath but as a fan of Peter Fonda's acting I was more than happy to check it out.

In the 74 years since the release of The Grapes of Wrath, it still maintains the importance of its themes because of all the humanity. Although the story in The Grapes of Wrath dates back as far as 1939, it presents a society which has been forced to endure many of the same things under a society which is beginning to collapse in terms of democracy where people have been forced to look out for themselves and each other without the expectation that there will be someone there to do it for them. The theme is prevalent in the real world, and it reflects a lot of everyday life which has been placed into a different context, and it constantly has themes of optimism about the determination to keep going in the pursuit of happiness and the search for the American Dream. A story like the one in The Grapes of Wrath does not get old because it is constantly prevalent throughout society, and it reveals the way that we as people have to stand for who we are and what we do instead of waiting around for the world to change on its own. The optimism is consistent in The Grapes of Wrath, and it encourages viewers to go out and help to make the world a better place, so its themes are all important and easy to feel a connection to. The Grapes of Wrath proves simply to be a thoroughly compelling feature, even though it is a very slowly moving one which runs for a rather long runtime and the fact that it doesn't really have too much to do a lot of the time.
If you can tolerate waiting around for The Grapes of Wrath to move along, you should be able to find it to be a compelling film which has characters that are easy to sympathise for simply because they are human beings who are facing adversity but have banded together to succeed as a team. The Grapes of Wrath is great because it touches upon themes of both independence and looking out for each other and reveals how both are key to a person's survival in a situation like The Great Depression. Really, The Grapes of Wrath is a great examination of humanity above all.
Visually, The Grapes of Wrath is terrific because it is full of a lot of really strong visual aspects incorporated in by director John Ford who in his Academy Award winning role as director manages to prove once again that he has a keen eye for grand visuals. He constantly keeps the film rolling through visual excellence thanks to giving a lot of thoroughly convincing costumes and art direction to the film against the backdrop of its dry scenery and it is all captured with great cinematography which is filmed well enough to capture the large spectacle of the story. John Ford treats the story as he has treated many of his western films, and he gives it the same kind of visual quality which allows the film to develop a naturally rough edge. John Ford is a great choice as the director of The Grapes of Wrath, because as well as ensuring that the film is a visual spectacle he gives the story the right treatment so that none of its drama is degraded in the transfer from paper to the cinematic screen. Although the story is changed around a bit and it isn't as deep as its source material, for what it's worth The Grapes of Wrath does manage to capture the spirit of the novel and John Ford manages to take advantage of the chance to adapt it to the cinematic screen by bringing along a script that stays sufficiently true to its source material and visual elements that can only come from a director who has an appreciation for them.
Frankly, The Grapes of Wrath stays true to the material of the classic novel that it is based on and manages to prove itself as a firm and mostly entertaining adaptation. And on top of it all, John Ford ensures that a perfect cast is lined up so that The Grapes of Wrath reaches its true potential.
Henry Ford is the ideal actor for the role of Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath. Easily capturing the persona of a character who is very likable and sympathetic, Henry Fonda manages to load his lead performance in The Grapes of Wrath with natural charisma. Interacting with the other cast members as if he genuinely cares for them and speaking his words with serious thought, passion and wisdom behind them, Henry Fonda gives an exceptional lead performance in The Grapes of Wrath. The heart in him isn't over the top, it is simply in the way that he says he words with true love for them. And it is one of his greatest performances to date which earned him a well-deserved Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Henry Ford is an absolutely perfect casting decision for the lead in The Grapes of Wrath, and he makes it thoroughly compelling all throughout.
Jane Darwell also gives a really compelling performance because of the fact that she reminds us how family looks out for each other, being the caring matriarch of the Joad Family on their journey. Russell Simon and John Carradine do their part as well.

So despite being a film which is slow and long, none of the themes in The Grapes of Wrath mean any less today than they did back in 1940 and it is so thoughtful that its message carries itself over until today, as well as the fact that it has John Ford's keen eye for strong imagery and Henry Fonda's immense acting skill as a source of benefit.
½ May 24, 2014
The leftist message, the anguish and panic of the poverty stricken migrants not knowing when or where there next meal is coming from. John Ford's adaptation of the Steinbeck novel is a powerfully affecting classic and one that is still relevant today.
May 19, 2014
This film is a true Masterpiece, hard to believe it's 74yrs old! Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by John Steinbeck and directed by Master director, John Ford. Henry Fonda is great in this. Another MUST watch!
Super Reviewer
½ May 13, 2014
Ford and Johnson were able to transpose Steinbeck's powerful masterpiece into a splendid film that preserves its essence (even with a different, upbeat ending) without infringing the infamous demands of the Hays Code - yet it also seems a bit rushed and lacking in sufficient information (e.g., Noah vanishing without explanation).
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