Citizen Kane Reviews
I'm perhaps fairly na´ve when it comes to filmmaking, and I can appreciate the high acclaim for the visually technical aspects of the film, but stories about rich people who squander their money in pursuit of acceptance just seem to leave me cold.
I wasn't bored by the film, for it was visually beautiful. But I found I was much more interested in what I was seeing than by what I was being told.
Joseph Cotten I thought was really cool in this, and more likable than Welles, as he was for me in The Third Man.
After a wealthy newspaper tycoon dies, journalists scramble to find out the meaning of his last word "Rosebud". Then we see the history of his life and everything he encountered throughout it.
The acting is magnificent. Especially coming from Orson Welles who in my opinion gave one of the best performances ever put on screen. But every other actor offers something great to the movie and not a single one of the main actors did a weak job acting. They all gave strong performances.
Wells direction is terrific and he is able to use basic elements to craft something truly brilliant with this picture. His work behind the camera is immaculate and it brings the viewer into a truly special experience.
This movie is engaging from the very first scene. Some people may not like the talk heavy dialogue but if you like slow paced movies (which I usually do) then it shouldn't bother you.
This movie has stood the test of time. It has aged well and it shows no sign of losing popularity. Is it one of my favorite movies of all time? No, but the reason it gets a 10/10 is because of its impact on cinema and how much it contributed to it. The only American film which comes close to topping this masterpiece is "The Godfather".
A perfect 10
Truly a classic, nothing else needs to be said.
The plot is unique and the 'missing part' of the puzzle kept me waiting curiously till the climax. Kane's character is built slowly and with different perspectives. People who knew Kane shares their experience or moments spent with him which I think is the most powerful way to portray a person. This is similar to averaging grades or marks; The craving to know about "Rosebud" takes us to a journey of Kane's life. Sequences are very well placed, Kane's second wife only opens up to Thomas in the second encounter, which adds a dimension to the film, not revealing the crucial part of Kane's life. A documentary about Xanadu's empire feeds the viewers about the background, very well placed and in an innovative way. Kane's hobbies and ideology somehow creates curiosity, which is responsible for glued audiences.
Lighting in this film is very well made, it may be usage of natural light or arrangement, I just loved it. Some of the shots for instance, exterior to interior of the bar; so well made, it is definitely "out of the box" or special to me (during 1940's). Few scenes are morphed well (Present to the past) using windows or doors, etc. makes or creates an illusion of seamless shot (editing).
In a canvas, it feels like Kane had a revenge on his foster father (May be); also many have interpreted "Rosebud" was his youth, happiness or freedom feels right to me too. At the moment of revealing "Rosebud" burning in a furnace, I related it to a mirror which would connect to me as, "Kane could not get himself or lost himself".