Although, there are so many versions told from many points of view, and from different standpoints, I can't seem to forget some of the scenes from this one at all, which is a non musical and a true reflection about what it was like living during the Victorian age. From the popular Victor Hugo novel starring Fredric March as Jean Valjean condemned to be prosecuted and stalked for missing his parole for stealing a loaf of bread by an officer who made it as part of an obsession by the name of Inspector Javert played by the brilliant Charles Laughton. A realistic point of view of a Charles Dickens play of "A Christmas Carol" using the words of charity and compassion, as well as frank Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life".
I tried to watch this for a second attempt so that I can post a review on here, but for some reason, it's much more unbearable to watch for a second time. Co-written and directed by Sandor Stern adapting the Andrew Neiderman novel, which from the movie standpoint has many familiar remnants to "Psycho" as well as other William Castle classics.
Nothing really happens until the very end which the mute thing that's on the wheel chair seen from on the window from outside may not be what it appears to be. It's quite drab and dull.
Very ground breaking which if people wanted to understand about science-fiction cinema in general may have started from this movie, involving using a young lady as a guinea pig to capture a very large ape before bringing it back to America, so that money can be made from it as public display. Special effects cinema has since been improved, but it was this film that had started it, and made it seem possible. From Star Wars to A Nightmare Before Christmas, the significance of this movie is vitally important to anyone who want to break into stop motion animation. I just wish I hadn't seen this plot remade on so many different times and on so many different levels from Godzilla to you name it.
If you've seen many Bette Davis movies, since she's often portrayed as sometimes wealthy and deceitful, Ernest Borgnine would be remembered playing many bad guy roles, or often violent, then this one would be a movie that's out of there territory, and it is a fresh change too. Adapted from the teleplay by Paddy Chayefsky, they play long time husband, Tom Hurley and wife, Mrs. Agnes Hurley couple who had just been informed that their daughter, Jane Hurley(Debbie Reynolds) is going to get married with the custom of them footing the bill. Except that there's just one problem, and that is that Jane's dad, Tom was hoping to use that money he had saved, to purchase his own cab.
You know, with all of that sex and violence that exists in many movies these days most of the time, it's nice to see everyday average people viewers can relate to about, without resorting someone getting killed in the process. Civilize arguments can just be as entertaining as abnormal ones, I'm just saying.
There's not a single authentic character in this piece of garbage they'd call a movie. It's directed by Gary Marshall who made Julia Roberts a hot commodity by having her to star in "Pretty Woman", starring many well known and very recognizable celebrities, who if viewers were to watch this, it'd almost seemed like a show piece just to look at celebrities to act goofy and pretentious. Or that the few can have bragging rights that they worked with such and such. It's basically a no-plot movie consisting of many individuals to all have only one thing in common, and that they all have something to do with the new year eve ball in New York City's times square.
Some of the pretentious situations include:
-A lonely middle aged single woman Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer) who had just quit her job just so she can accomplish some resolutions before the start of the new year, with the help of a bike delivery teenager named Paul(Zac Efron)
- a man(Robert DeNiro) refusing treatment at a hospital located near times Square who happens to be dying of cancer, but wanted to see the ball for the very last time.
- a young male, comic book artist, Randy (Ashton Kutcher) and a young back up singer female, Elise (Lea Michele of Glee)get stuck on an elevator together.
- underage teenage daughter, Hailey (Abigail Breslin) conflicting with mom, (Sarah Jessica Parker) about seeing the ball drop with friends, just so she can have her very first kiss with young boy.
- (Josh Duhamel) trying to find a ride after having trouble with his own car, so that he can't be late for a New Year Eve's party
-employed caterer (Katherine Heigl) having trouble with famous musician Janson(Jon Bon Jovi) for abandoning her after a marriage proposal.
- two via couples expecting at the same time, competing for a $25,000 prize by becoming the first to have a baby born closest to New Year's Eve.
Some of the existing problems regarding this film, is that the backup singer is supposed to be employed as a back up singer, yet she's able to take full control of the stage just so she can sing one complete song.
Every year, times Square consist of many musicians, and in this movie, there was only one and that is Jenson played by Jon Bon Jovi, what are the odds of that happening.
Every story almost looked like a promotional tour of the ball drop in times Square using 100% pretentious rubbish.