Sunday, April 3, 2011

Review: The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

IMDb Synopsis: A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

This seemed to be one of those "everyone's seen it but me" films. And there is a darn good reason almost why everyone has seen The Grapes of Wrath: it's a masterpiece and one of the best films I've ever seen.

It seems to me that all of the films adapted from John Steinback's novels have marvelous male leads. Henry Fonda gives a flawless performance, as did James Dean in East of Eden, fifteen years later. The whole cast itself is amazing, including Russell Simpson and Jane Darwell as Pa and Ma Joad (Darwell actually won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1941).

I can honestly say that The Grapes of Wrath is one of the best and most inspiring films I've ever seen. Do yourself a favor and check out this flawless classic from director John Ford.

"Takes no nerve to do something, ain't nothin' else you can do." - Tom Joad (Henry Fonda)

5/5 stars

1 comment:

  1. The Grapes of Wrath, is an awesome film. It really shows the suffering that so many people and families experienced during the Great Depression.