Child's Play [Blu-ray]
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I'm reading Lumet's autobiographical 'Making Movies' in which he makes the following candid observations about the filming of 'Child's Play':
'As a play, it had a spooky, theatrical effectiveness that worked.Read more ›
Point two: This is part of a huge lifetime opus of Sidney Lumet's work that I am only beginning to savor and enjoy. Am I lucky or what?
And the main point: Why isn't Beau Bridges in every movie all the time.
Yes you love his brother Jeff. We all love Jeff. But the secret is if the two decided to have a charisma-off, Beau would just stand there and smile and he would win, hands down.
I could watch three hours of Brau Bridges chuckling and grinning and lounging around with Robert Preston as the affable Dobbs and feel like it was time well spent. I'm transported back to a more civilized era.
And the add James Mason casting shadows and angst everywhere and you've got yourself a show.
And if you ever want to see that magic in action, this movie should be the first place you go. Tha man does gymnastics for crying out loud, in slacks and a tie and without missing a beat!
Unfortunately, movies want stars; movies expect rewrites to dumb down intellect, to objectify evil as violence, and to play to an audience with television attention span. So for stars we get James Mason, a fine actor who would no doubt have been excellent on stage with an actor of Pat Hingle's nuance, Robert Preston, the original Broadway Music Man who knows exactly how to translate his star power from stage to screen, and alas Beau Bridges as a pea-green imitation of Ken Howard's representation of the new teacher positioned midway between the boys and the teachers in a Catholic School; and Sidney Lumet, directing for mood rather than horror.
I would have to write "spoiler" all over this review to tell you anything about the plot except what the NY Times Critic, Mel Gussow, wrote in his NY Times's obituary for the author, Robert Marasco:
''Child's Play,'' an eerie melodrama about incidents of evil in a Roman Catholic boys' school, was a surprise success in 1970.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't see the Broadway production of the play but did read the script of which I don't remember much. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John Thompson
Fine play as originally produced on Broadway. The movie is quite good and helped that much more by able, nicely cast leading players, especially James Mason and Robert Preston.Published 9 months ago by Edward L. Blank
Impressed.....It was old and moved a little slow getting to the point, but its still a good movie- worth the watchPublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
James Mason is great, but it was a confusing film with an unsatisfying ending.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I actually loved the movie. It was eerie and exciting trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with the students. The latin teacher comes off as crazy was right the whole time. Read morePublished 15 months ago by shantai ballard
They don't make movies like this anymore with superb acting, a real good story which is suspenseful and eerie. These are the classics. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Michelle Risquet