Sullivan's Travels Reviews
I suspect that Sullivan?s Travels was self-referential in many places, it seemed Preston Sturges (the director of this movie) was speaking through the story. The script asks a big question about what the world needs in difficult times. Do we long for the dark truth of our situation to be shown in film, or do we want the release of a hearty laugh? This is a timeless question that would be relevant in a film from any era. And frankly, I think this movie decides the answer to that big question is exactly the answer I would give, but I won?t spoil that for you here.
There was very little that wasn?t a huge success for me in Sullivan?s Travels. I found the acting from all the cast to be spot on, the script was funny and touching, and the look of the movie was good. If I were to start nitpicking details I might call out some of the montages as being a little too long, and the more serious tone of the third act was a little off from the tone of the rest of the film. However, I don?t really want to look at the negatives in this movie. I had so much fun with Sullivan?s Travels, and I?m willing to bet it will become a favorite when I watch it more in the future (and I will be watching this one again, without question.)
Original rating: 12-21-2012 (9/10)
The chemistry between Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake is the heart of this hilarious and life affirming meta-cinematic exercise.