Giant Reviews

  • 2d ago

    Great cast and I'm sure it was Giant for its time, but I didn't really enjoy the story as it didn't seem to flow well

    Great cast and I'm sure it was Giant for its time, but I didn't really enjoy the story as it didn't seem to flow well

  • Jan 10, 2021

    Long, tedious, and incredible, in the true sense of that word: unable to be believed. Beautiful rich Eastern socialite marries Texas rancher and moves to the barren, scorched wasteland [except for scub grass for cattle and the inevitable oil strike]. James Dean's performance isn't exceptional; it would have been considered just passable if he hadn't been killed before the film's release. It's especially bad when he's made up as the aging character later in the movie. Son of Texas rancher is afraid to ride a pony; grows up to be doctor. After the oil strike the family is richer than God but he marries a butt-ugly Mexican girl - and believe me, the actress in that role is truly scary looking. The casting department couldn't have found a 1950's version of Rita Hayworth or a young Ava Gardner for the role? Seriously, he passed up any number of eligible Texas debutantes for THAT woman? The ending is really preachy, too, with Good triumphing over Evil anti-Mexican bigotry. The book was a best-seller so naturally it had to be made into an overly-long "blockbuster" movie with the box-office draws of Hudson and Taylor in the leads. Well, MGM already plowed that ground two decades earlier with Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh in "Gone With the Wind." This attempt, however, just BLOWS!

    Long, tedious, and incredible, in the true sense of that word: unable to be believed. Beautiful rich Eastern socialite marries Texas rancher and moves to the barren, scorched wasteland [except for scub grass for cattle and the inevitable oil strike]. James Dean's performance isn't exceptional; it would have been considered just passable if he hadn't been killed before the film's release. It's especially bad when he's made up as the aging character later in the movie. Son of Texas rancher is afraid to ride a pony; grows up to be doctor. After the oil strike the family is richer than God but he marries a butt-ugly Mexican girl - and believe me, the actress in that role is truly scary looking. The casting department couldn't have found a 1950's version of Rita Hayworth or a young Ava Gardner for the role? Seriously, he passed up any number of eligible Texas debutantes for THAT woman? The ending is really preachy, too, with Good triumphing over Evil anti-Mexican bigotry. The book was a best-seller so naturally it had to be made into an overly-long "blockbuster" movie with the box-office draws of Hudson and Taylor in the leads. Well, MGM already plowed that ground two decades earlier with Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh in "Gone With the Wind." This attempt, however, just BLOWS!

  • Dec 31, 2020

    One of the greatest films ever made, with great performances by James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor

    One of the greatest films ever made, with great performances by James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor

  • Sep 09, 2020

    What is there to say about a movie in which James Dean stars? It's a must see, of course. His acting is impeccable, and the story is quite American, the story of succes, from rags to riches and then downwards to total destruction. Not to forget the impressive cast of classic actors too.

    What is there to say about a movie in which James Dean stars? It's a must see, of course. His acting is impeccable, and the story is quite American, the story of succes, from rags to riches and then downwards to total destruction. Not to forget the impressive cast of classic actors too.

  • Sep 05, 2020

    A runtime substantial enough to incorporate plenty in the way of melodrama and serious epic in equal measure. Dean gives a complex performance that completely goes against his pure rebel legacy, a beautifully rendered perversion of the American Dream, where by a combination of pluck and circumstance even a lowly farmhand can become larger than life; however, he is simultaneously greedy, weak, and bears a substantial Napoleon complex. Giant is furthermore shockingly revolutionary (for the 'idyllic '50s' in its observations on the dynamic nature of race, gender, economic station, and the conventional family unit in the United States. Taylor and Hudson deliver strong performances of their own, crafting a compelling duel of personalities to serve as a vehicle for the narrative; still, scenes like Hudson's notable loss in the diner fight, overturning his conservative views in favor of his family, while Dixie plays loudly in the background, seem almost postmodern. I can't say that the overall film is exceptionally well distributed between its three leads, with Dean's more dynamic Jett Rink disappearing for prolonged periods while the audience is made to be content with a more conventional romantic plot. While much of the film seems to be dedicated to straightforward marital strife and character establishment rather than progression, there is more than enough of consequence to warrant inclusion as an important film in the American consciousness. Still, you might have to take out a new lease to make sure you've got enough time to finish the entire thing. (4/5)

    A runtime substantial enough to incorporate plenty in the way of melodrama and serious epic in equal measure. Dean gives a complex performance that completely goes against his pure rebel legacy, a beautifully rendered perversion of the American Dream, where by a combination of pluck and circumstance even a lowly farmhand can become larger than life; however, he is simultaneously greedy, weak, and bears a substantial Napoleon complex. Giant is furthermore shockingly revolutionary (for the 'idyllic '50s' in its observations on the dynamic nature of race, gender, economic station, and the conventional family unit in the United States. Taylor and Hudson deliver strong performances of their own, crafting a compelling duel of personalities to serve as a vehicle for the narrative; still, scenes like Hudson's notable loss in the diner fight, overturning his conservative views in favor of his family, while Dixie plays loudly in the background, seem almost postmodern. I can't say that the overall film is exceptionally well distributed between its three leads, with Dean's more dynamic Jett Rink disappearing for prolonged periods while the audience is made to be content with a more conventional romantic plot. While much of the film seems to be dedicated to straightforward marital strife and character establishment rather than progression, there is more than enough of consequence to warrant inclusion as an important film in the American consciousness. Still, you might have to take out a new lease to make sure you've got enough time to finish the entire thing. (4/5)

  • Aug 10, 2020

    Giant extendend running-time only enhances its epic pleasures in an engaging western drama beautifully acted by a trio of powerful performers.

    Giant extendend running-time only enhances its epic pleasures in an engaging western drama beautifully acted by a trio of powerful performers.

  • Jul 21, 2020

    It drags more than nearly any other film ever made.

    It drags more than nearly any other film ever made.

  • Jul 19, 2020

    An ambitious and successful Hollywood epic, "Giant" is appropriately named for its ability to tell an extraordinarily long drama without any dull moments while appropriately editing the highlights of these characters' highs and lows.
 While Elizabeth Taylor's performance is weak, it doesn't hold back the film's risk-taking. The rest of the cast is superb with leading man Rock Hudson delivering particular character growth/development.

    An ambitious and successful Hollywood epic, "Giant" is appropriately named for its ability to tell an extraordinarily long drama without any dull moments while appropriately editing the highlights of these characters' highs and lows.
 While Elizabeth Taylor's performance is weak, it doesn't hold back the film's risk-taking. The rest of the cast is superb with leading man Rock Hudson delivering particular character growth/development.

  • May 01, 2020

    The title does tell you what the movie is trying to be, Giant. It tackles themes of family, love, marriage, ambition, greed, prejudice, and patriotism but doesn't manage to do any of them justice. Elizabeth Taylor starts the movie with what looks to be a promising performance but by the end her character, now gray haired, has faded to the background, having accepted her role as a complacent Texas housewife. James Dean also has a good beginning as the grumbly ranch hand but after striking it rich he becomes a mumbly tycoon, losing all relatability and interest. Rock Hudson is the only one of the three leads who remains consistent all the way through, as a stubborn Texan looking for an heir, who gradually becomes more tolerant of other people. In one of the final scenes he's even fighting, rather poorly, for the rights of others to a patriotic tune which ends the movie on a silly and overly sentimental note.

    The title does tell you what the movie is trying to be, Giant. It tackles themes of family, love, marriage, ambition, greed, prejudice, and patriotism but doesn't manage to do any of them justice. Elizabeth Taylor starts the movie with what looks to be a promising performance but by the end her character, now gray haired, has faded to the background, having accepted her role as a complacent Texas housewife. James Dean also has a good beginning as the grumbly ranch hand but after striking it rich he becomes a mumbly tycoon, losing all relatability and interest. Rock Hudson is the only one of the three leads who remains consistent all the way through, as a stubborn Texan looking for an heir, who gradually becomes more tolerant of other people. In one of the final scenes he's even fighting, rather poorly, for the rights of others to a patriotic tune which ends the movie on a silly and overly sentimental note.

  • Mar 31, 2020

    this movie is my new standard for what a good movie has to be

    this movie is my new standard for what a good movie has to be