Classic Movie Project-Reviewing Casablanca

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Ok, it’s back. After a long hiatus, I am back to watching movies that everybody else on earth has seen but I haven’t. I decided to start with one of the ultimate classics-Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Yes, that’s right folks, before Saturday night I was that guy who hadn’t seen Casablanca. Ok, first things first: This was a fun film, but certainly overrated. I mean, people act like this is the greatest thing to ever happen to film, and in reality it’s a neat little story told well…but it doesn’t threaten to crack my Top 10 movies I’ve Ever Seen. Humphrey Bogart’s character was funny, smart, and a heck of a lot of fun. Ingrid Bergman was ok but not incredible. I really enjoyed the Captain Renault character played by Claude Rains, and it was fun to hear so many lines that have since become iconic in the American lexicon. I enjoyed the characters, but didn’t feel any particular attachment to them, and even my friend that I watched it with was surprised she didn’t cry at the end. Because, really, the end was rather exciting but not very emotional. It was a movie, but felt like a play, with not much action going on outside of the characters. Now remember, the grade I give these movies is based on thier comparison with other classic movies, not against just regular movies. Keeping that in mind, I give Casablanca a C+. My next classic to watch, which I am going to try to do tonight, is 12 Angry Men. After that, it’s up to you guys. I’ll post a poll in a little while. Let me know what you thought of Casablanca in the comments below.

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