Movie Review – It Happened One Night

Though this movie is black and white, there is so much you can get out of it.

During my film lit class this semester, I was able to watch a movie called It Happened One Night. If I’m being honest, I didn’t think I would actually find the movie as interesting as I did, as it was released in 1934. This movie definitely changed my perspective about how I felt not only about movies made before 1950, but movies in general. I have always been really picky with what movies I watch, and this movie definitely helped me become more open to watching other movies that maybe before I wouldn’t think about or want to watch.

Another fun fact, this movie was actually legendary for its time because it managed to achieve the “Oscar Grand Slam”, which hadn’t been done before that. What that means is this movie won all five awards that it could win possible. It won ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Actor’, ‘Best Actress’ , ‘Best Director’, and ‘Best Screenplay’. This is something that people even today strive for and cannot achieve.

This movie was filmed so well. There were green screen effects used, and super cool camera angles that were super unique to that time, and these are still things that directors and editors use today.

What I loved about it most was how the movie kept leading me on. There would be one scene, and I would predict what I think would happen next, and then it would be something completely different, but in a good way. For example, the Ellie and Peter went on an adventure to a cave where they would have to sleep for the night, and just when you thought that one of them would leave, they would come back and stay. The acting was so good, and just the story line in general was really creative and interesting. 

I think that Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable (the two main characters and actors in the movie) were phenomenal. They worked so well together, and it’s almost like they had known each other forever. They had such good chemistry and just made it seem like you were on their adventure together with them. Overall, I really enjoyed the movie, and I do recommend it to anyone who likes a little bit of comedy or romance.

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