One line review: A fantastic romantic film that manages to drag you into the lives of the main cast.

Movie Title: Casablanca

Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, S.Z. Sakall, Madeleine Lebeau, Dooley Wilson, Joy Page, John Qualen, Leonid Kinskey

Director: Michael Curtiz

Year: 1942

Genre: Romance / Drama

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 97% – An undisputed masterpiece and perhaps Hollywood’s quintessential statement on love and romance, Casablanca has only improved with age, boasting career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingred Bergman.

My rating: *****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): This, like Citizen Kane, is an example of a movie that I can recognize is fantastic, even if it won’t ever be considered a favorite of mine. This movie accomplished something absolutely amazing, in somehow not only making me emotionally invested in a romance, but also made me feel the impact of a war through only the emotions and actions of the main characters. I absolutely love Humphrey Bogart’s character. Something about the ultimate cynic finally being turned around by the power of love seems beautiful. It’s just another example how great story telling and acting is all a film needs.

The thing that really caught me was somehow selling both stories. This film somehow had to sell both the pressure of the world war while at the same time tell a love story of two people.  I’m impressed that managed to more or less drop the audience into this club and yet somehow capture so many stories and so much of the outside world in just one small area. Honestly, I want to see more of Rick. I don’t care where he is, or what he’s doing, Humphrey Bogart’s character is fascinating to me and I want to see more. Perhaps I’ll have to look into to more of his movies.


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